Wednesday December 16, 2015

Knowledge and Democracy

Scientists rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 16, 2013

Scientists rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 16, 2013 (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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Is there a direct connection between knowledge and democracy? What kind of knowledge is required to sustain a healthy democratic society? How can we guarantee a solid foundation for sound policies and social practices? Does democracy help or hinder scientific progress? Can science contribute to the evolution and maintenance of a healthy civil society? A recent Royal Society of Canada symposium, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, considered such questions, with a keynote address from Harry Collins.


Harry Collins, is a British sociologist of science at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. His best known book is The Golem: What You Should Know About Science.