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Blinded by ScienceThe Social Implications of Epigenetics and Neuroscience$
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David Wastell and Susan White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322337

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322337.001.0001

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How knowledge gets made in neuroscience and molecular biology

How knowledge gets made in neuroscience and molecular biology

(p.25) Two How knowledge gets made in neuroscience and molecular biology
Blinded by Science

David Wastell

Sue White

Policy Press

This Chapter provides an introduction to some key concepts from the philosophy and sociology of science and technology to examine how the sciences ‘think’. We make particular use of the concept of the “thought style”, drawn from the work of Ludwig Fleck. Two such styles are identified underpinning the biotechnological project: the neuroscientific and genetic thought-styles. Key features of these worldviews are identified and critiqued, highlighting their internal contradictions and constraints (e.g. the mythology that epigenetic inscriptions represent permanent changes in the phenotype). We designate the fusion of these two cognate belief systems as the neuromolecular thought-style.

Keywords:   neuroscience, epigenetics, Ludwig Fleck, thought style, science studies, technology studies, brain images, genetics, HPA Axis

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