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Erica Grimaldi Science Technology & Values 0508 211 03 Paper 1: The Social Aspects of Modern Science Social aspects are very important to modern science, but are not as important as scientific skill . Some social aspects of modern science include, but are not limited to, prestige, responsibility, and stereotypes . Over the years science has evolved, it has become something very prestigious; in the process, science has gained the world’s trust . With this trust comes great responsibility . As science has evolved, so has the world around it, it has become more accepting of stereotypes, and scientists are no exception . Prestige, responsibility, and stereotypes, have become very important aspects of modern science, but are still not as important as scientific skill . Prestige is most commonly used to refer to a person’s social rank . In relating prestige to science, it is significantly similar . To say that science is prestigious is to say that it is of a high social ranking . It is something associated with high class, and it is something sought after . There have been some important factors leading science to becoming prestigious . One of the first steps in this positive direction was its change in name . (Brown, 2007) A long time ago, when people were first beginning to study the natural world around them, the people who were involved in science were not referred to as scientists . Scientists used to be called natural philosophers, and are now called scientists . As a result scientists have been able to separate themselves significantly from philosophers . Enabling the two fields of philosophy and science to diverge, allowing science to grow into what it is today . Another important aspect of scientific prestige is the education involved . (Brown, 2007) In modern science, education is required to be a scientist, and to be involved in science .
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