Science, Diversity & Division, By Andrew Howard

As someone from outside of the ‘scientific community’, it is easy for me to see how the science sphere can be seen as just that – an isolated community separate from the remainder of society. Indeed, in light of Merton & Mulkay’s work (1973 [1942]; 1976), it is explained how science as a discipline is potentially more cohesive than others – all work is cumulative, there are golden rules to which all researchers abide, & there is a good deal of tacit knowledge which is not easily shared or explained to the layperson. Science is truly different from other disciplines – it is arguably the only area that has the potential to get everybody reading off the same hymn sheet. When we look at other disciplines, it is not easy to find the steadfast knowledge that the natural sciences can offer (I will not detract on contentions within science for the sake of argument). I feel it is for this reason exactly that science should be more accessible & less the realm of the white, middle-class male. This stereotype surely perpetuates division & lessens the impact of social good that science has to offer, & further efforts should be made to tackle it. Continue reading