Science and the Retreat From ReasonBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1915 (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1915
- Stuart W G Derbyshire, assistant professor
- University of California Los Angeles, USA
John Gillott, Manjit Kumar
Monthly Review Press, £12.95, pp 248
ISBN 0 85345 987 8
Exaggerating the importance of science to modern industry, health care, transportation, communication, commerce, and so on would be difficult. This reliance on science, however, coexists with a widespread sense of unease regarding scientific progress.
Although there is general support for genetic science as a means to tackle disease, for example, the enthusiasm is half hearted. Beyond a cure for disease is the nagging suspicion of “designer babies” and a Brave New World. Gillott and Kumar locate this ambivalent attitude to science as an aspect of “a broader rejection, by society, of the project of progress” that dates from the …