Isabelle Stengers on Prototypes

” The reliability of …science’s results is relative to experimentally purified, well controlled laboratory experiments. And competent objections are competent only with regards to such controlled environments. Which means that scientific reliability is situated, bound to the constraints of its production. Which also means that when the eggs turn golden that is, when they have left their native environment, they have left behind this specific reliability and robustness. What reliability they will have now is no longer an issue of scientific judgment only, but rather a social and political issue.”


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