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Science & Society is the study of the interface between scientific progress and its impact and stimulus from society. The subject gained a higher level of importance and respect following the use of atomic weapons to put an end to WWII in the Pacific. Moral and ethical issues dominate the topics.

As with most of the natural and social sciences today, there are innumerable, fast-growing career opportunities for intelligent and responsible science reporters, information aggregators, science critics, and literate social/political activists. These occupations help bridge the knowledge gaps between science, society,  technology, and government.  This need is critical, but the necessary technological tools are already at our fingertips. All that's needed are the people who can transform potential solutions into practical realities. And just as the  tools are largely new and untested, so are the personal career paths for those who wish to contribute the necessary intellect and human energy.

There are no science "idiots" in our contemporary culture, only a lot of people who are essentially uninformed or misinformed. There are no "stupid" people, only those who are making conditioned responses to intertwined science and social issues as they perceive them.  The task of  responsible Science-and-Society critics is not to "straighten people out," but rather to discover and report  socially relevant scientific work with skill and competence.




 

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