Faith in science

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Last updated on July 12th, 2017 at 11:25 am

Lancet editor Richard Horton pays out on fun-averse UK chief scientist David King:

For King, science is society’s sacrament to its own future. The degree to which we pay homage to scientists and science is a reflection of society’s health.

I share King’s view. Science certainly has the potential to create a more just and equitable society. The knowledge that scientists generate is the most reliable information we have to guide us in our choices about risk, life, and even love.

But King takes his faith in science into the realms of totalitarian paranoia. He can’t bear anybody disagreeing with him. If someone – especially a journalist – asks a difficult question, or diverts fractionally from the official scientific line, King throws a tantrum.

It’d be sad if any other scientists also behaved like this.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/22/2007 at 09:42 AM
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