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Questionable Enterprise WHILE the image of a mad scientist represents the acknowledged and occasional aberration in the realm of scientific enter- prise, mad science is not so neatly docketed. For one, it brings up the immediate question of what is sane science. Yet, at various points in the evolution of science, there have been incidents and developments which can hardly be described as reasonable. The extremes of Soviet science on the one hand and Nazi science on the other are just two examples, but it would be complacent to believe that the scientific enterprise never takes improbable and unexpected turns. For, after all, scientific and for that matter all knowledge creation is characterised by a streak of the unreasonable. But whether or not the unreasonable, the 'mad'. is given a life of its own or not is a function of the prevailing social, political and economic forces. That is why what are the dominant scientific pursuits of a lime and place are reflections of the manner in which factors such as ethics, social relevance, socio-economic values and social control have been used and have influenced the course of science in that society.

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