ERIC Number: ED296880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Science Technology and the Constitution. Background Paper.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Many believe that throughout history, science and technology have been major factors in shaping American society and the way of life. By changing the ways in which one interacts with another, science and technoiogy may affect the way one defines the general welfare, the way in which one views the realm of government, and the nature of the rights one exercises as an American citizen. Several areas of technology are experiencing rapid development and promise to have profound effects. The centrality of science and technology to American society argues that Congress and the courts will be asked to reexamine constitutional principles in the context of scientific knowledge and technical capabilities. This paper reviews the principles of the United States Constitution and highlights some of the ways advanced technology will test the basic premises of American government. Discussed are the following topics: (1) "The Centrality of Information"; (2) "The Principles of Constitutional Governance"; and (3) "The Bill of Rights and Civil War Amendments." Also included are questions which are addressed, subtopics, conclusions, and acknowledgements. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Governance, Government Role, Governmental Structure, Higher Education, Quality of Life, Science and Society, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Technology, Technology Transfer
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.