Science and society

What social, cultural and political factors are entwined with science in America?

Institutions:

Government (executive, congress, judiciary), National Academies, NSF, universities, schools, defense labs, DOE labs, philanthropic institutions, AAAS, FFRDCs, NIH, industry (R&D), professional societies, journals and magazines, organized religion, museums, IRBs, courts, EPA, USDA, FDA

Religion: institutions, belief system, social authority, political activism, education

Government roles: regulation and laws, funding, policy, education, public welfare, politics

Education and training: formal education, indoctrination, socialization, popular (museums), tacit knowledge

Forms of knowledge: scientific, ideology, institutional, tacit, socialization, common sense, belief systems

Communication: publications, dissemination, media, schools, foundations. Issues: gatekeepers, interpretation, intellectual property rights

Ethics: training, religious/moral, social mores/customs, government as arbiter, human experimentation, competition vs. cooperation/sharing, bioethics, access, sharing of benefits, treatment of animals

Boundaries: pseudoscience, professional/amateur, disciplines, national, theoretical/applied, science/technology, research/development, "good"/"bad" science, science/religion, hypothesis/theory/fact/law

Social issues: environment, health, agriculture, morality, energy, import/export (dependence, economics, conflicting regulatory regimes), safety, morality of sci/tech practices, war, unequal access to technologies/cures/benefits, poverty, lifestyle impacts, prejudice

Identities / human actors: Gender, race, class, nationality / ethnicity,

Artifacts: computers, Sputnik, flies

International contrasts: regulation, ethics, religion

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