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Derry - Chapter 11

Study Questions

These Questions are due Saturday at midnight and are to be posted in the Derry SQ folder

  1. In your own words, what are the direct and indirect effects science has on our values and ethics?
  2. Why is the relationship between science and values not simple?
  3. Why is keeping scientific results secret detrimental to the values of science?
  4. Can you think of any examples today where the secrecy of scientific data is producing detrimental results?
  5. What is "waffling" in science and why is not considered a virtue? Can you think of any examples?
  6. How can curiosity be both a virtue and a conflict in science (i.e. how can we kill our cat and eat it to?)? Again, any examples happening today that fit this idea?
  7. In chapter 10 we discussed how science is related to technology and society. Derry now discusses some of the profound affects the results of science and technological advances can have on our society and ethics. Describe what these affects are in the scope of genetics, chemistry, and military technology.
  8. When discussing risk assessment in science (155), Derry uses the quote, "Facts are facts, and the results of properly made measurements don't depend on our values." How do you interpret this quote and what is your opinion about it?

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