Progress, risk and responsibility
Today there is a certain degree of disillusionment about science, especially in the industrially developed countries. Science and scientific progress arc indeed raising urgent questions, for example in the field of genetics. Who should determine the priorities and choices of science and technologies and on the basis of which social goals? How can we define democratically the risks which can be considered as "acceptable"? What is the level of responsibility and solidarity which can be expected from individuals and groups in relation to both present and future generations?
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In this issue
Science and social responsability, by George Kutukdjian
Energy: a fair deal for all, by Jean Audouze
The right to know, by Nicholas A. Ashord
The natural world, by Gordon Bennett and Nikita Lapoukhine
The cultural heritage, by Gordon Bennett and Nikita Lapoukhine
How predictable is nature?, by Jens Erik Fenstad
Genetic testing and discrimination, by Michael Kirby