Magazine December 1, 2008, Issue

Brave New Volumes

Everything is political today, and science is no exception. The Left is accused of pushing an ethics-be-damned “science über alles”; traditionalists who dare to express even the most reasonable concerns about the awesome powers of biotechnology are dismissed as harbingers of a new Dark Age of superstition. Seeking to pour the water of cool reason on these fires comes a relatively new national voice, Yuval Levin, whose new book, Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy, analyzes the proper place of science as mediated by politics and morality in a democratic society. 

Levin is a political conservative. He served as a

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