Title 6 – KQ 7 To what extent ‘ Ethics’ or the lack of it , play a role in the contrasting perspectives within a discipline?
KQ 7 To what extent ‘ Ethics’ or the lack of it , play a role in the contrasting perspectives within a discipline?
The traditional ideal of “ appeal to facts and the interpretations by experts “ is under going a change in public perception and trust that experts are not infallible and the scientific methodology cannot always guarantee the expert’s objectivity” and this ‘ impersonal opinion’ may be influenced by financial , professional , economic , political and social considerations. Speaking from an Ethical viewpoint , the neutrality and infallibility of expertise is under a scanner specially when there are disagreements that have commercial implications.
There are also efforts to suppress dissent to safeguard your own commercial interests and reputation. “The controversy about the alleged human toxicity of glyphosate and Roundup is more than a decade old -This ongoing controversy not only has scientists arguing with other scientists, but also has scientists disputing with a very large well-established commercial company , Monsanto, allegedly hindering the research and investigations.”