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Can scientific method help us create a wiser world?

Maxwell, N; (2016) Can scientific method help us create a wiser world? In: Dalal, N and Intezari, A and Heitz, M, (eds.) Practical Wisdom in the Age of Technology: Insights, Issues and Questions for a New Millennium. Gower: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Two great problems of learning confront humanity: (1) learning about the universe, and about ourselves as a part of the universe, and (2) learning how to make progress towards as good a world as possible. We solved the first problem when we created modern science in the 17th century, but we have not yet solved the second problem. This puts us in a situation of unprecedented danger. Modern science and technology enormously increase our power to act, but not our power to act wisely. All our current global crises have arisen as a result. What we need to do is learn from our solution to the first great problem of learning how to go about solving the second one. Properly implemented, this idea leads to a new kind of inquiry rationally devoted to helping humanity make progress towards as good a world as possible.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Can scientific method help us create a wiser world?
ISBN: 9781472442222
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.routledge.com/products/isbn/9781472442...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Scientific method, Global problems, Academic reform, Civilization, Wisdom, Social inquiry
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458254
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