Wednesday, May 19, 2021

"Trust Science" -- Or Else

As "Rocket Boy" Homer Hickham added, "or else."

These "loyalty oaths" from scientific societies are disquieting, to put it mildly. Science in the United States has become far too politicized. I resigned from the American Meteorological Society after 51 years of membership because of its political activities. 

President Eisenhower warned us of this in his farewell address:

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.

Science only works when there is skepticism. I'll pass on these oaths. 

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