Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions

Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions

by Richard Elliott, Brigitte Nerlich

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Recent scandals in the biosciences have highlighted the perils of communicating science leading many observers to ask questions about the pressures on scientists and the media to hype-up claims of scientific breakthroughs. Journalists, science writers and scientists themselves have to report complex and rapidly-developing scientific issues to society, yet work within conceptual and temporal constraints that shape their communication. To date, there has been little reflection on the ethical implications of science writing and science communication in an era of rapid change. Communicating Biological Sciences discusses the 'ethics' of science communication in light of recent developments in biotechnology and biomedicine. It focuses on the role of metaphors in the creation of visions and the framing of scientific advances, as well as their impact on patterns of public acceptance and rejection, trust and scepticism. Its rigorous investigation will appeal not only to science writers and scientists, but also to scholars of sociology, science and technology studies, media and journalism.

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ISBN-13: 9781317163688
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/23/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Brigitte Nerlich is a Professor of Science, Language and Society at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK; Richard Elliott is a Postgraduate Research Student at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK; Brendon Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Communicating biological sciences; an introduction, Brigitte Nerlich, Richard Elliott and Brendon Larson; Part I Setting the Scene: Issues of Hype, Hubris and Humility in Science Communication and Citizen Participation: How journalism can hide the truth about science, Elmien Wolvaardt; Technologies of humility: citizen participation in governing science, Sheila Jasanoff. Part II Science Communication, Ethics and Framing: Models and Cultural Reality: The ethics of framing science, Matthew C. Nisbet; Bioethical decisions and the public sphere: a cross-cultural perspective, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter; Journalism and society, Toby Murcott; Science communication and ethics – trying to get it right: the Science Media Centre – a case study, Fiona Fox. Part III Science Communication, Metaphors and Practical Realities: Genes, genomes and what to make of them, Jon Turney; A workbench view of science communication and metaphor, Tim Radford; Metaphor contests and contested metaphors: from webs spinning spiders to barcodes on DNA, Stephen Strauss. Part IV Science, Science Communication and Metaphor Analysis: Should scientists advocate? The case of promotional metaphors in environmental science, Brendon Larson; Metaphors as time capsules: their use in biological sciences and the media, Iina Hellsten; Breakthroughs and disasters: the (ethical) use of future-oriented metaphors in science communication, Brigitte Nerlich; Craig Venter and the re-programming of life: how metaphors shape and perform ethical discourses in the media presentation of synthetic biology, Andrew Balmer and Camille Herreman; Epilogue: Blame Francis Bacon: the metaphor of progress and the progress of metaphor in science, Megan Allyse; Index.

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