Keeping Science and Politics Separate
by TexasGOPVote on February 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM
In a blog post written for the American Thinker, Rick Moran discusses the importance of keeping science and politics separate for the well being of each. In the blog he writes:
“Good governance requires accurate, unbiased information from scientists. Good science requires that the facts be laid out without regard to any political agenda. When one demands dishonesty from the other, neither is served well - nor are the people whose lives might depend on the facts and policies that arise as a result of scientific findings.”
Science must be built on a foundation of objectivity in order to thrive. The only outcome that should be favored by scientists is that one which best describes their findings. When political agendas, monetary compensation, promotions, or other extraneous factors begin to cloud scientific minds, the knowledge gathered is a hindrance to the advancement of society.
We must make sure these underlying political agendas or motives are brought into focus by the general public so that these erroneous scientific findings are not propagated further because once they reach our policy makers who knows what will happen.
In the words of Stephen Schneider a Professor of Environmental Biology at Stanford University and prominent climate change figure:
“On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method...On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we'd like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have...."(Quoted in Discover, pp. 45–48, Oct. 1989)”