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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

"No one knows which doctors to trust because they are politicizing the pandemic, just like politicians are."

People often assume that the objectivity of science requires it to be isolated from governmental politics. However, scientists have always gotten involved in politics as advisers and through shaping public opinion. And science itself—how scientists are funded and how they choose their research priorities—is a political affair.

The question is not whether science and politics ought to be involved—they are already. Rather, it is important for people to understand how this relationship can produce either good or bad outcomes for scientific progress and society.

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