Advocates, Agendas, and Nay-Sayers: Science and Technology in the Public Arena
Science and technology play major roles in our lives. We directly and indirectly make decisions about what we think to be true, likely to be true, exaggerated, or false. This may involve decisions to spend extra to purchase “totally organic foods,” choose to inoculate children against disease, or how to power one’s house. We vote on policy by supporting candidates and government initiatives on incredibly complex issues, including climate change, federal regulation of food and drugs, nuclear power, and off-shore oil drilling. Greenberg discusses the need to critically assess the avalanche of information we receive on a daily (even hourly) basis from a wide array of sources having a wide array of credibility.