Just what is science, anyway?

It took most of mankind’s existence to develop our most valuable tool for understanding the physical world and shaping it to meet our needs: the scientific method.

The key to its widespread use, beginning in the 17th century, was the growing freedom to pursue truth objectively, instead of submitting to the dogmas of church or state.

Today, however, we risk moving backward. Science is under attack by self-serving interest groups that reject objective inquiry because it frequently fails to produce politically desired results.”

Droz and Schalin describe When consensus trumps science starting out with the ‘debate’ about climate. “Perhaps the most aggressive attacks against science are attempts to inject value-driven methods into traditional science.” The use of the precautionary principle is suggested as one warning that intellectual integrity is suffering.

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