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E. the att itudes common in scientific research came to be con sidered worthy of imitati on in political and social life. Thus, emoti onal detachment from the object of research came to be extended, for example , to th e operation of sta te bureaucracies which cultivated similar detachment from the human object of policie s. This trend culminated in tota litarian societies in what later came to be kn own as "crimes against human ity" apparently perpetrated, and thi s is these crimes' distinctive trait, with no more emotiona l involvement th an in vivisection of a frog.
The same was usually not true for technology and en gine ering, which, whil e also admittedly powerful, were not end owed with moral superiority in secularized imagination. Science was not on ly expected to improve the moral ch aracter of its practitioners; it was also cast in the role of a deity whose main attributes were universality, uniqueness, and jealousy. The goal of science was, with the help of one method which was to be applied universally, to reveal the truth which was believed to be one and th e same for all, across the board in all scien tific disciplines.
9 Merton , 271, footnot e 6. D. Bern al, The Social Function of Science (New York: Macmillan, 1939), 213-19 . 11 Bern al, The Social Function of Science, 237, endno te 26. D. Bern al, T he Freedom of Necessity (Lond on : Routle dge & Kegan Paul, 1949) ,59. ), Soviet Science (Washington, DC: AAAS, 1952), 1- 7, here 1, 7. ), Critical Problems in the History of Science (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1959) , for example. 15 Charles Coulston Gillispie, "The Encyclopedie and the [acobin Philosophy of Science: A Study in Ideas and Consequences," in Clagett, 255-289, here 279.
Anarchist Organisation: The History of the F.A.I. by Juan Gomez Casas, Abe Bluestein