The prospect of domination of the nation‘s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever-present
- and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite. – Dwight Eisenhower January 17, 1961
Eisenhower wasn’t flashy, or charismatic. When he was in office, TV was basically
three channels and news came on once a day for maybe an hour. There were no PC’s and no internet. Most of us had never even thought about the influence science and technology was going to exert over our lives. I wonder, “How did he know to issue this warning?”
We have arrived at an age where science and scientists are idolized by many who feel scientists support their political persuasions and therefore must be accepted without question.
I believe that public policy has become, in many instances, captive to the directives of these scientists who are considered by many liberal thinkers to be infallible.
Thankfully there are still those, like Eisenhower, who recognize that Bad Science exists.
Exactly how to determine which reports are falsified or poorly done is difficult to determine. It would certainly help if scientists would monitor their own field more diligently. Unfortunately, even the monitoring process has become political.
‘Watts Up With That’, in their post on Bad Science Exists, give three suggestions that would keep the research process more honest: 1. Make all raw data available to other scientists 2. Hold journalists accountable 2. Introduce Anonymous Publications.