Response 12 - John Xu 11/6/07 Epstein's article talks about...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
John Xu 11/6/07 Epstein’s article talks about the role of activists specifically in the field of AIDS research. He presents the idea that these people are an important factor in the shaping of AIDS research. Epstein describes the necessary qualities that make activists recognized, one of which is credibility. This credibility comes from being able to portray scientific knowledge regarding the topic of AIDS. These activists learn the medical language as Epstein calls it, which forces researchers to take their arguments seriously. “AIDS activists in the United States have established their credibility as people who might legitimately speak in the language of medical science” (410). However, some of the methods used to obtain credibility cannot be considered valid. The author points out that “alghouth activists have benefited from the presence of a few medical and scientific professionals within their ranks, typically the leading lights of the treatment activist movement have been autodidacts who began as science novices but came from positions
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3011 taught by Professor Crane,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

Page1 / 2

Response 12 - John Xu 11/6/07 Epstein's article talks about...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online