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An Experiment in Discordancy: Reflections on Familiarity, Trust, and Confidence in Synthetic Biology

An Experiment in Discordancy: Reflections on Familiarity, Trust, and Confidence in Synthetic Biology

Chapter:
7 (p.154) An Experiment in Discordancy: Reflections on Familiarity, Trust, and Confidence in Synthetic Biology
Source:
The Accompaniment
Author(s):
Paul Rabinow
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226701714.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the elements of discordancy in the hope that such clarification might open up a pragmatic way forward or clarify the blockages that characterized this experiment. It deals with reflections on the anthropological challenge of transforming traditional observational practices and the ethical challenge of whether synthetic biology would be prove itself to be worthwhile interpersonally, scientifically, and ethically.

Keywords:   discordancy, familiarity, trust, confidence, synthetic biology, observational practices

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