"Science Turns Authoritarian"

A fascinating look at how some view science — not as a means of gaining knowledge and understanding but as a tool that tells people how to live their lives:

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In other words, around the end of the 1980s, science (at least science reporting) took on a distinctly authoritarian tone. Whether because of funding availability or a desire by some senior academics for greater relevance, or just the spread of activism through the university, scientists stopped speaking objectively and started telling people what to do.

The linked article is fascinating and I urge you to read it in its entirety.

In the post below, I use the term activist-scientist. From my perspective one can be a scientist or one can be an activist, but not both.

Hat tip: Edd Driscoll

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