Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Science and Democracy.

Toumey, Chris

Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 1, Num. 1


Toumey describes the course of nanotechnology as it has been presented to the public. The deficit model suggeste that the public simply needs to know what the experts know -- they only lack understanding. Other models suggest that the public holds different values that the scientists pursing nanotechnology, and those values ought to be acknowledged when public funds are being spent. Nanotechnology is seen by many social scientists as the perfect opportunity for experimenting with upstream public engagement. "British and US observers have repeatedly noted that many non-experts can aquire, comprehend and deploy technical knowledge when they need to." However, fact, good science policy may not be fostered by a good democratic processes. "The trick is to find the intersection."