Though neglectful of their responsibility to protect science, scientists are increasingly aware of their responsibility to society.
The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general.
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights.
Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves.
Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values, we believed, than in a flight underground. We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.
It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience.
Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.