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Tell It Like It Is?

Science, society and the ivory tower


Michèle Cooke

The whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Could we ever tell it all? And if we did, who would understand it? The facts of science are always partial truths – yours, mine or somebody else’s. All struggling to be heard, and believed. Accepting the facts means seeing them. And people only see what they want to see. If we want our facts to survive, they have to fit in with other people’s truths. And there is room for more than one winner.
Contents: Science – Power and communication – Relational relevance – Emotional reality – Selective knowledge – Translation and truth.