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Useful and Useless Science: Who Runs Research and Why?

“The New Scientist: Jack of All Trades,” raises the issue of how and why resources are allocated for and in the sciences.  “The claim that science needs to focus more on societal needs originates from politicians and is disseminated by intermediate bodies between politicians and scientific institutions such as national or regional funding agencies. Such a claim will obviously be supported by any person who is not acquainted with science. The problem is that this argument is totally flawed.”  Students in the sciences and in other studies can use this essay to consider the role of science in culture and how the sciences fit with the Christ-and-culture perspectives.



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