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Natural Sciences, Technologies and Social Worlds

Editor: Dessislava Lilova
CAS / RIVA Publishers

Natural Sciences, Technologies and Social Worlds

The present day is considered normal if we start our day on the scales in the bathroom, with a portion of calories in the kitchen, then we go through the minutes and the several kilometers of public transport timetables and finish at home watching TV about the number of victims in the hot spots on the planet. By the same logic, in which the weather forecast is made in degrees and hectopascals, mankind of tomorrow becomes only visible through the prism of science - technology, genetic engineering, medicine. Science insists that it does not produce, but only establishes hard facts that have always existed, and lie in wait to be discovered. These alienated truths in their own objectivity, that seem to float above the shifting sands of historical time, naturally become vital when culture suffers from a fundamental deficit of reference points. Therefore, the important question is - is it worth questioning these truths? Perhaps, the only benefit of the effort to bring science into the "sands" of history is to change our perception of the "sands" themselves. All in all, there is not anything unnatural in sand mobility. The fear of history could not be cured, but begets from the fact that control over it has been replaced with the conventional belief in computable mathematical truth. If there is room for optimism, it is contained in the banal truth that natural science is still the product of human activity. Hence, it does not however imply that the findings of natural science are less objective. But thanks to their origin they retain something equally important - traces of the questions that history has set for science to explore. It could be said that these "footprints of human fingers" are the subject of research in this book.

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