The practice of science is impossible without importing values from society, and it’s time to leave behind the notion of the independent science advisor who speaks truth to power. So argues Professor Heather Douglas, author of the influential book ‘Science, Policy and the Value-Free Ideal’.
In this episode, Toby Wardman talks to Professor Douglas about how we can make sense of a value-laden scientific community, and which ideals should replace independence for those who give scientific advice to policymakers.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Science, Policy and the Value-Free Ideal: https://upittpress.org/books/9780822960263/
- Blackawton bee study: https://www.wired.com/2010/12/kids-study-bees/