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Science, Identity and People

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access. Over 18s only
Past event - 2022
10 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.10pm
Old Bell Inn, 233-235 Causewayside,
Edinburgh EH9 1PH
Have you been wondering what the place of science is in society? How it influences our identity and lives? What the legacy of the scientific revolution is and whether the past was really so unenlightened? These and many more questions will be answered in tonight's talks.


Science and liberal education

Professor Lindsay Paterson (Professor of Education Policy)
The great pioneer of scientific education, Charles Darwin’s friend T.H. Huxley, said in a speech in Aberdeen in 1874: ‘in cultivating science as an essential ingredient in education, we are laying an admirable foundation for ethical and philosophical culture’. Scientific education is now mostly thought of as technical, or as a means to economic development. While not denying the vast improvement in human material welfare that science continues to bring about, ought we also to rediscover science’s contribution to our identity and our civic life?

Anti-Social Science

Professor Emeritus John MacInnes (Professor of Sociology)
It is logically impossible to create scientific knowledge of how people feel, think and act socially. Claims to have done so always misunderstand what science is and how it proceeds. Life cannot be lived ‘scientifically’. Paradoxically, this implies that the legacy of the scientific revolution has been far more dramatic than has usually been understood. However, it also makes it hard to show that modern societies and their institutions are systematically rational. Contrasts with an unenlightened past riddled by ritual, superstition, faith and credulity, may be grossly exaggerated!

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