I’ve been thinking about Science and Politics. I believed there used to be a time, a time of purity, where science was science and politics was politics and never the twain shall meet.
I think this was because of The Scientific Method, which I was taught in grade school, junior high and high school science classes.
Yes, in public school. I doubt it happens that way, today.
While The Scientific Method has validity, it presupposes a number of things as given. One is there isn’t a foregone conclusion one is trying to reach. This is where Politics rears its ugly head.
Galileo Galilei was investigating the nature of the Universe. Scientifically. He didn’t know he would determine heliocentrism (the planets moving around the Sun) to be more valid than the Earth being at the center. His suspected heresy in the matter found him tried and convicted in the Inquisition, and lived the remainder of his life under house arrest. Because he irritated, annoyed and questioned Political Power (Pope Urban VIII).
In the 1960s-70s, radical leftist scientists took it upon themselves to insert their politics into science. We were all supposed to freeze by the mid-1990s. Remember?
Many of these same scientists became part of the IPCC, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (formerly Anthropogenic Global Warming) formed by the United Nations. When I first heard about
anthropogenic global warming climate change, I poo-poohed it, because it seemed to be somehow linked to a socialist, internationalist agenda. The U.N., duh! But, the IPCC released it’s report, and I thought, well, I was wrong. All these prominent scientists came to the conclusion that man-made pollution had brought about warming climate change on Earth. It was our fault.
Then, the facts began to unravel the report. Including that many ‘prominent’ scientists had intentionally falsified their data to reach a foregone conclusion. Why? Because, if they relied on their scientific facts alone, they would be ostracized by the others, and lose their funding. They even emailed others regarding how to change their data to keep the money coming in.
Science be damned. Turned out scientists were just as flawed as the politicians who continue to push the agenda, because they are getting money from the so-called carbon credit exchange. Money to purchase large, not environmentally sound homes. Hypocrites. Galileo suffered house arrest for his beliefs. He didn’t accept bribes.
One hears stories about the diminishing polar bear population. The latest independent statistics shows their habitat and population are growing. How is that possible?
The plural of anecdote is not data. - Plamus
The short of it is I was wrong to believe the scientists. Because they stopped being scientists the moment they accepted money for a desired result. There was never a time of purity. Except perhaps for Galileo.
I’m no scientist. Go and read Borepatch with regard to the history and debunking of this matter. He has a right to an opinion.
Both my chemistry and physics teachers told me there was no such thing as political science. (joke)
Extremist ‘science’ and politics wedded? You doubt it?
Happy Earth Day!