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Next CPC – Ignorance and the Value of Knowledge

On the face of it, we seem to care a lot about knowledge. As a society, we invest a lot of money in institutions meant to generate and distribute it. On a personal level, we go to great lengths to send our children to the best schools. But should we care so much about knowledge? [...]


Next Cafe: Understanding Scientists’ Experiences of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

The coming era of personalised medicine has been touted for nearly two decades. Part of this promised future, in which treatments are expected to be tailored to individuals and healthcare information, through ICTs and the ‘internet of things’ will both be ubiquitously available and continually updated in real time, is the advent of personal genomics. [...]


Next Cafe: How Do We Know?

We generally assume that scientific knowledge is the most reliable means we have of understanding the physical world around us. But why is this? What is it about science that grants it its reliability, and by “reliable” do we also mean that science is objective?  What exactly makes scientific knowledge different from “ordinary” knowledge? And what [...]

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