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Title Ivory Ghetto, The
Subject Science
Description The 33rd Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture
Creator Dick, Bertram Gale, 1926-
Publisher Division of Continuing Education, University of Utah
Date 1969-02-17
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,898
Source Q171 .D525
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "The Ivory Ghetto," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Title Page 9
Description "THE IVORY GHETTO' 9 There is a more fundamental resentment that has nothing to do with these folkways of science. Despite the general enthusiasm for technology and despite the undoubted advantages furnished by its accomplishments, there are many people who watch with alarm and distaste the spectacle of ever more sophisticated technology being used to achieve ever more trivial and base goals. Technology has lengthened life and reduced drudgery in that part of the world where it has been developed. Those parts of the world that haven't yet achieved these things are clamoring for them. But still it is hard to escape the feeling that much of the hectic technological effort that we see around us in America is somehow irrelevant to our most pressing problems. Some that isn't irrelevant is sinister; so-called progress has been a mixed bag, and not all that technological advance has brought with it has necessarily added to human happiness. Should we be surprised that a gulf widens to isolate from society those who develop impenetrable plastic packaging, artificial whipped cream and trail scooters, let alone napalm and atomic weapons? The isolation of scientist and non-scientist is partly the result of the repugnance felt for some of the products of technology. Scientists like to point out the difference between science and technology, and there is an important distinction to be made. The two activities, although intimately related to one another, are quite different and are usually carried on by different people for quite different purposes. Science is a quest for understanding of nature. As such, it is not concerned with profit, military superiority, the cure of disease, the production of human comfort and prosperity. It is concerned with knowledge for its own sake and concentrates on the unknown or the poorly understood. It is what is called "basic research." Technology is the complementary activity, concerning itself, in great measure, with precisely those areas which we've just listed as being outside the scope of science. Things are never so neatly categorized as this, and the interrelationships between science and technology are, of course, intimate. Having made this distinction, scientists are then fond of using it to argue with those whose hostility to science comes from distaste for the more sinister products of technology. "All that bad stuff," it is said, "is technology." "To be fair," one can add, "so is all that good stuff technology; but pure science is above good and bad and is concerned with truth." By such an argument you can, by suitably drawing the line between science and technology, win every time and maintain a sort of Olympian view of pure science. This strikes me as somewhat artificial and misleading. I see no way to separate completely scientific knowledge
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Source Original Manuscript: The Ivory Ghetto by Bertram G. Dick.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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