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Oracles of ScienceCelebrity Scientists versus God and Religion$
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Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001

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Oracles of Science

(p.3) Introduction
Oracles of Science

Karl Giberson (Contributor Webpage)

Mariano Artigas

Oxford University Press

Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Weinberg, and Edward. O. Wilson are scientists and science writers with gifts for communication that have allowed them to speak to millions outside the scientific community. We are a culture that looks to science because that is where we expect to find our answers, but we need specialists or guides — oracles — to show us the way. In their scientific personas, the oracles make many negative comments about religion and belief in God, and deliver a message to the broader culture about humankind’s place in the grand scheme of things.

Keywords:   scientists, science writers, communication, scientific community, culture, specialists, guides, message

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