Visions of Brazilian Scientists on Nanosciences
Vol. 2, Num. 2
The author here investigates the way in which Brazilian natechnology and nanoscience researchers present their fields to the public. Through a careful examination of the Journal of Science, edited by the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science, it became apparent that the scientists involved were just short of shameless boosters, presenting almost unfailingly the promise and possibilities involved in nanotechnology and doing much to downplay or ignore the risks and consequences. The Journal of Science is not peer-reviewed, and hence the visions put forth by these scientists in its pages are not open to debate amongst the intellectual community, but the point of these articles seem less to be explanatory than to be persuasive, to ensure the public is solidly behind these men and women as they race to make Brazil an important player in the international nanotechnology scene. Whether or not this is responsible, considering the lack of ethical foresight in these articles, it certainly seems effective.