Scientists and Politicians

Politicians do whatever it takes to get elected. It’s simple. One eye on the polls every move they make. The truth and the facts are far less than important than their trending numbers.

Scientists are not supposed to be politicians. They are supposed to be looking at the facts, seeking knowledge, testing hypothesis after hypothesis. When people claiming to be scientists sign on to a political agenda, they stop being scientists. That is a personal loss.

The real loss, for all of us, is in the marketplace of ideas. If we don’t have reliable information from impartial researchers, we can’t make informed decisions.

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
–Thomas Henry Huxley

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