Science findings are not random opinions but the result of a rational, critical process. Science itself advances gradually through a preponderance of evidence toward a fuller understanding about how things work. And what we learn from that process is not just equivalent to statements made by any other political-interest group. It is evidence-based information that is subject to constant questioning and testing from within the scientific community. Thus, the science-informed point of view is a more authoritative and reliable source of guidance than uninformed opinions. We should not discount its value in informing public discourse.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Science and Politics
Mariette DiChristina has an excellent short piece in the May 2010 Scientific American Magazine (here) responding to letters from readers who argue that science should be kept completely separated from politics and policy. Here is a superb excerpt: