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Unformatted text preview: Culture, Science, and Technology Expert knowledge, local knowledge, and culture Readings Borovoy- codependence Nygren- environment Started the quarter with, Ceci nest pas une pipe and considerations of the production of knowledge, issues of representation, and the cultural construction of reality. Anthropological perspectives on science are motivated by those same concerns anthropology of science Science is not simply a description of reality or the discover of facts. Science is carried out and its results are interpreted and applied in cultural contexts that shape the questions, the interpretations, the applications of scientific research American Cultural myths about science Myth of objectivity Myth of neutrality Myth of rationality Myth of independence from society, economy, politics, etc. Myths of discovery and innovation as individual achievement Critical perspectives on bio-determinism and techno- determinism Bio-determinism explaining human behavior and social practices as the results of human biology Biodeterminism is false because human behavior and social relationships are so complex there is no direct connection between them and human biology Techno-determinism viewing technology as the cause or the solution to social problems Technodeterminism is false because technology does not act or cause anything. Humans develop it, decide when and how and who uses it, etc. Science and power The language of science is powerful in part because of its claims of neutrality and...
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