Why politicians think they know better than scientists – and why that’s so dangerous

Making a point at a Washington, D.C. protest in January. stephenmelkisethian/flickrCC BY-NC-ND

One of the most unexpected political developments in recent months has been the political awakening of scientists in the United States.

A normally reticent group (at least when it comes to politics), scientists are speaking out, organizing a major march and planning to run for public office. There is a growing sense that the danger posed by the Trump administration to evidence-based policy, and perhaps science itself, is unprecedented. I share this concern. The Trump administration’s actions and rhetoric appear to signal an acceleration of Republican skepticism toward scientific research carried out in the public interest

https://theconversation.com/why-politicians-think-they-know-better-than-scientists-and-why-thats-so-dangerous-72548?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2080036411&utm_content=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2080036411+CID_84bcadc0e7aa36854116dbd6fcde235c&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Why%20politicians%20think%20they%20know%20better%20than%20scientists%20%20and%20why%20thats%20so%20dangerous

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