Sunday, October 31, 2004

Subverting Science

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Subverting Science


I am not sure the article is accessible to everyone, since the NY Times requires registration, but reinforces what many in the scientific community have come to fear. The lack of respect for good science by the current administration has been galling to say the least. When the world's leader in science and technology does not take the lead in such matters something is very wrong indeed. Climate change is but one of the many issues. The inability of foreign students and scholars to get visas on rather flimsy grounds, the whole stem cell debate, etc proves, to me at least, that those in power are not rational thinkers, and generally distrust good science. This is very troubling. As it is the average American has no clue what science is all about, and when the government does not do its bit to promote free thinking and scientific endeavour it is not surprise that some think that the US' pre-eminence in science could be threatened. I hope that is not the case, but it is something to worry about.