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Title : STS.011 American Science: Ethical Conflicts and Political Choices (MIT)

Description : We will explore the changing political choices and ethical dilemmas of American scientists from the atomic scientists of World War II to biologists in the present wrestling with the questions raised by cloning and other biotechnologies. As well as asking how we would behave if confronted with the same choices, we will try to understand the choices scientists have made by seeing them in their historical and political contexts. Some of the topics covered include: the original development of nuclear weapons and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the effects of the Cold War on American science; the space shuttle disasters; debates on the use of nuclear power, wind power, and biofuels; abuse of human subjects in psychological and other experiments; deliberations on genetically modified food

Fromsemester : Fall

Fromyear : 2007

Creator :

Date : 2009-01-30T15:23:55+05:00

Relation : STS.011

Language : en-US

Subject : risk

Subject : science

Subject : society

Subject : ethics

Subject : politics

Subject : technology

Subject : history

Subject : controversy

Subject : atomic

Subject : whistleblowing

Subject : GMO

Subject : genetic engineering

Subject : nuclear

Subject : space exploration

Subject : energy

Subject : policy

Subject : debate

Subject : museum

Subject : archeology

Subject : war

Subject : terrorism

Subject : tradeoff

Subject : decision making

Subject : medicine

Subject : health care policy

Subject : biotechnology

Subject : climate change

Subject : global warming

Subject : human subjects

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