When Scientists Become Political Dissenters

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Science advances by the free exchange of ideas. New ones are put forward and pitted against existing ones, and fights are fought with rational’arguments. Scientists tend to take this freedom for granted, and carry it over to other fields, such as politics, where challenging prevailing opinion’goes under the name of dissent, and may be much less welcome.

Scientists make tough dissenters for the powers that be. They cannot be dismissed offhand as incompetent, and they bring to the discussion professional standards that are hard to match. They cannot be quietly put away for their opinions, for they belong to an international community’that will support them. So, they have to be discredited in some way.


Publisher: Scientific American
Author: Ahmed Abbes Michel Brou’ Chandler Davis Adrien Deloro Ivar Ekeland Michael Harris Masha Vlasenko
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Not to change the topic here:

Science Journals Have Become Intensely Political

I have related here on several occasions how intensely political supposedly objective science and medical journals have become. The New England Journal of Medicine pushes progressive politics all of the time, as just one example. So does Science, which for example, has endorsed the ‘nature rights’ movement.

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Publisher: National Review
Date: 2020-10-06T14:41:49+00:00
Author: Wesley J Smith
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Port: Indignant lectures from martinets with medical degrees are not what we need right now

MINOT, N.D. ‘ “North Dakota’s doctors are fed up,” reports my colleagues Jeremy Turley and Adam Willis.

I’ve written before about the deference issue, and the simple answer is that North Dakotans elected Doug Burgum, and not the doctors, to lead the state.

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North Dakota’s doctors are fed up. They say politicians have largely ignored their pleadings to promote/mandate mask use, and residents continue to die and suffer because of it. @adampwillis and I report: https://t.co/LMJu6q8WVt

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Publisher: Jamestown Sun
Twitter: @Jamestown Sun
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COVID-19 is political, so scientists should be too

This catastrophic failure of leadership has rightly outraged public health communities. Yet health professionals in the United States have often been expected to remain politically neutral, and historically they have ‘ often to the point of even disengaging from politics in their private lives as citizens. As Eitan Hersh and Dr. Daniel Horn observed recently, health care workers were less likely to vote in 2016 than their counterparts in many other sectors, including agriculture, entertainment, education, and law.


Publisher: BostonGlobe.com
Date: 2020-09-27T07:00:00Z
Twitter: @BostonGlobe
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White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info

NEW YORK (AP) – The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence.

The two appointees assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters in June have no public health background. They have been tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director, as well as scientists, according to a half-dozen CDC and administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal government affairs.


Publisher: The Washington Times
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Author: The Washington Times http www washingtontimes com
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