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Goodenough, U. (2000). Reflections on science and technology. Zygon, 35(1), 5-12. DOI: 10.1111/0591-2385.00255
Science and technology are frequently confused. This essay points out the bases for this confusion and then focuses on a basic distinction, namely, that whereas science brings us information that we have little choice but to absorb and reflect upon, technology is something that humans elect to do and, hence, can also elect not to do. It is proposed that technological ethics are most cogently undertaken with scientific understanding as the linchpin and religious/artistic sensibilities as the muse.
Goodenough, Ursula, "Reflections on Science and Technology" (2000). Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations. 94.