Really interesting conversation. In spite of her nuanced language, I think she ought to look a bit more closely at the history and sociology of science and technology because her assertion that scientists accept that they may be proven wrong is, well, wrong. She treads the timeworn path here that scientists are somehow above their socialization and are somehow more honest about their work is just not borne out by the history of science - the literature abounds with examples of how science and technology have been shaped by the personal beliefs, political commitments, and other "external" factors (I use external in quotes because as a sociologist of science I do not believe that there is anything truly external to the practice of science). To believe otherwise perpetuates what scientists seem to like - that they are beyond and above the rest of us.
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