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Date: 2004
Page count: 430 pages
Format: B/5
ISBN: 978-963-9548-19-0
Category: in Hungarian and English

Original price: 3800 Ft

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We see respectable scientists involved in a harsh dispute about an apparently purely scientific issue. At that moment science seems not to be objective, impartial, or noble. What is then behind such an overheated rather personal debate on a scientific affair?  The book investigates what kind of objective hindrance is in front of the objective, impartial, and noble statements. The quest starts from the language, continues with the individual knowledge or information, and ends with the personal, group interests. Human knowledge is a result of concerted efforts; its acquirement has lead to an extended network in which novel ideas are disseminated, discussed, verified, and sometimes corrected. The net of institutions involve an extended and elaborated system of teaching and the so called popular science transferring the knowledge to the public.

 

Historical instances of false opinions, misbelieves, or even fraudulences, as well as the emergence of scientific institutions are mentioned as positive or negative examples of finding the truth. Science is only one actor in every day life. Economy, other institutionalized systems like the major religions, parties are also participants in the story. This is why the reader finds thoughts about the interplay of social issues, religion, and policy. The Hungarian publisher expelled the last chapter of the book discussing recent issues of world policy, giving a clear example that conflicts of opinions are always present everywhere. The expelled chapter is available through the internet.

 

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