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Unformatted text preview: Rationalists see that each of us has access to knowledge by virtue of our own awareness of nature and our own reasoning powers. Each of us independently can act rationally and responsibly on the basis of what we know. This is an ideal vision of science and scientific knowledge which fits closely with the ideal of a democratic individualistic society. Although this is ideal for most scientists, and is how most people think science should be, there are some slight problems with this view of science. Mainly that it is very difficult to relate this ideal of science to what actually exists. This is primarily because we have a very high level of intellectual division of labor within science. Also, the way science interacts with the general public portrays a sense of authority. The natural way of science never had a thing to do with authority, and scientist strive to return....
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- Winter '08