Times of Triumph, Times of Doubt: Science and the Battle for Public Trust
The intent and uses of science are a continuing preoccupation, especially in public debates on issues such as new pharmaceuticals, cloning, stem cells, genetically modified foods, and assisted reproduction. Times of Triumph, Times of Doubt,written by the eminent geneticist and historian Elof Carlson, explores the moral foundations of science and their role in these hotâ€“button issues. Carlson chooses a variety of case histories and describes their scientific background and the part played by scientists in the application of their work, including their motivations and reactions to bad outcomes, both real and alleged. He examines why ethical lapses have occurred in these areas, why bad things happen when, for the most part, those who worked on the science had only good intentions in mind, and how such lapses can be prevented from occurring in the future. This exploration of ethics and science is important reading for those interested in issues of science and society, including journalists, theologians, legislators, lawyers, and scientists themselves.
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Times of Triumph, Time of Doubt is a well written book exploring how bad outcomes can occur even with the best of intentions. Dr. Carlson easy to read style which was evident in his previous books (The Unfit, Mendel's legacy) is continued in this work. The book is a quick read, as I finished this book within two days of starting it. The book has some interesting insights into the scientific process. This book may anger liberal (genetically modified foods) and conservative (stem cell research) zealots due to its neutrality in presenting the issues in clear and concise manner without politicizing the subject matter with an overt agenda, or reaching a conclusion to be consistent with a political philosophy. I feel it is an good read not only to those interested in science, but also reminds us how good moral people can commit atrocious acts.
Ch11 Genetically Modified GoodsAs Usual
Ch12 Medical Deception and Syphilis
Ch13 Prenatal Diagnosis and an Alleged Eugenics through the Back Door
Ch14 Cloning Stem Cells Hyperbole and Cant
Ch15 Assisted Reproduction and the Argument of Playing God
Ch16 Quantifying Evil or Bad Outcomes
Ch6 Radiation in Peace and War
Ch7 Herbicides in Peace and War
Ch8 ThalidomideCorporate Misconduct Masquerading as an Act of God
Ch9 A Synthetic Estrogen with Harmful Outcomes
Ch10 Pesticides and the Environmental Movement