The intellectual dichotomy between scientists and libertarians, while superficially plausible, is at its core a false one. That’s why I’m marching.
Fascinating piece on the epistemological roots of scientific knowledge, with implications for how scientists might conceptually approach communication with non-experts.
“Correcting widespread misperceptions about the level of federal science spending may help close the gap between the overwhelming majorities of Americans who support scientific research in the abstract, and the more meager numbers who back increased federal investment in research and development.”
In a previous post, I talked about the perpetual balancing act for scientists who navigate policy and politics. Several news outlets have concluded, based on a recent study, that scientists have little to lose by becoming political activists. (For a little context, I recommend reading that post first). However, this conclusion overstates the evidence. In this post I take a deep dive into that study, which looks at the effects of scientists’ political advocacy on societal perceptions. This post is not nearly as circumspect as the prior. Be forewarned: it’s about to get wonky in here.
With an impending protest march and scientists unsure about taking a public political stance, striking the balance between objectivity and activism has rarely been more salient in modern America.