Author Archives: Sebastian M. Pfotenhauer

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This article is in Summit on Human Gene Editing, Spring 2016


Purposeful science In “Fact Check: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act” (Issues, Winter 2016), Congressman Lamar Smith critiques the concerns presented by Democrats, scientists, and a number of social science associations about his bill, H.R. 3293. As proposed, the bill confuses the nature of basic science and adds bureaucracy that would impose a layer […]

Learning from Fukushima


This article is in Making Sense of the Adolescent Brain, Spring 2012


Efforts to explain what went wrong in Japan’s nuclear disaster are doomed to fail if they seek to separate the social from the technological. Recognizing that all aspects of sociotechnical systems are intertwined is essential to developing wiser technology policies. Disasters prompt us to seek lessons. After the tragic trifecta of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear […]