Monday, August 15, 2005

Politics and Science

AAAS is defending scientific integrity:
Leshner told Barton the AAAS appreciates the committee's interest in the important field of climate change studies. "While we fully understand that the policy-making functions of Congress require integrating the best available understanding of relevant science with other considerations," Leshner wrote, "we think it would be unfortunate if Congress tried to become a participant in the scientific review-process itself."
I couldn't agree more. Look, ethics and politics are very useful in determining what paths technology should pursue and what paths society ought to fund. It is really awful in determining what the science is and being directly involved with it. Politics and Technological development may mix. Politics and scientific review? Not so much.

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