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The Presumptions of Science

Sinsheimer, Robert L. (1978) The Presumptions of Science. Daedalus, 107 (2). pp. 23-35. ISSN 0011-5266. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20151117-160156501

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Can there be "forbidden"--or, as I prefer, "inopportune" knowledge? Could there be knowledge, the possession of which, at a given time and stage of social development, would be inimical to human welfare-and even fatal to the further accumulation of knowledge? Could it be that just as the information latent in the genome of a developing organism must be revealed in an orderly pattern, else disaster ensue, so must our knowledge of the universe be acquired in a measured order, else disaster ensue?


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Official Citation:Sinsheimer, Robert L.. “The Presumptions of Science”. Daedalus 107.2 (1978): 23–35
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