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Wow, this one really is a must-read.

Michael Crichton breaks down the dangers of politically correct science.



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link: http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote04.html

excerpts:
As the twentieth century drew to a close, the connection between hard scientific fact and public policy became increasingly elastic. In part this was possible because of the complacency of the scientific profession; in part because of the lack of good science education among the public; in part, because of the rise of specialized advocacy groups which have been enormously effective in getting publicity and shaping policy; and in great part because of the decline of the media as an independent assessor of fact. The deterioration of the American media is dire loss for our country.

(...)

The fact is that the present structure of science is entrepeneurial, with individual investigative teams vying for funding from organizations which all too often have a clear stake in the outcome of the research-or appear to, which may be just as bad. This is not healthy for science.

(...)

In recent years, much has been said about the post modernist claims about science to the effect that science is just another form of raw power, tricked out in special claims for truth-seeking and objectivity that really have no basis in fact. Science, we are told, is no better than any other undertaking. These ideas anger many scientists, and they anger me. But recent events have made me wonder if they are correct. We can take as an example the scientific reception accorded a Danish statistician, Bjorn Lomborg, who wrote a book called The Skeptical Environmentalist.


These excerpts do not provide any sort of decent encapsulation of the point that Michael Crichton is working towards in this speech-turned-essay. I simply quoted bits that made sense out of context. Please read the whole thing.

http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote04.html

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