chapter  2
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The making of science: it's a man's world

There is no one way to understand the world. That is, rather than there being a set of 'truths' waiting to be uncovered, our environmental curiosity is driven by prevailing social, political and moral frameworks. A society which is stratified by economic wealth, race or gender will seek to understand the environment in a way that reflects this. The questions asked, the methods used in seeking answers, and the answers themselves, are likely to reinforce and justify the way in which that society is organised.