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Frog Pond PhilosophyEssays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature$
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Strachan Donnelley, Ceara Donnelley, and Bruce Jennings

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167275

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.001.0001

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Scientists’ Public Responsibilities

Scientists’ Public Responsibilities

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(p.44) 6 Scientists’ Public Responsibilities
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Frog Pond Philosophy
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Strachan Donnelley

, Ceara Donnelley, Bruce Jennings
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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.003.0007

Developing the theme of the preceding chapter on the need for greater ecological literacy in American society, this chapter discusses the difficulty that scientists and other technical experts have in fulfilling their ethical responsibilities as civic educators in a democratic society. Ecological issues are truly complex, but actual scientific uncertainty and disagreement are grossly distorted and magnified for commercial or ideological ends. The result is a mistaken public perception. Only scientists themselves can correct this serious distortion.

Keywords:   ecological literacy, scientists, ethical responsibilities, uncertainty, commercial bias, ideological bias

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