chapter  2
ByStephanie J. Bird
Pages 17

Science is an intensely human activity and as such it reflects the full range of human strengths and weaknesses. It is based on our curiosity about the world around us; the desire to know and understand everything from the outer limits of the universe to the inner recesses of the mind. Scientific research also exemplifies the application of human creativity in many and varied forms to satisfy our curiosity. At the same time, the doing of science provides the opportunity to express human frailties and fallibilities: hubris, greed, avarice, insensitivity, stubbornness, ignorance, even cruelty and other examples of abuse of power.