More politicization of science.
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Started by mcfarmer - July 21, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

Politicians need to stay in their lane and not tell scientists their job:

I thought this story would die out, but it has legs:

For those used to reading nothing longer than tweets:

“Tennessee pastors are joining the chorus of lawmakers and doctors to call for an independent investigation into the controversial firing of the state’s top vaccination expert.

They’re calling on Governor Bill Lee to end the “politicization of public health” after ousting Dr. Michelle Fiscus.”

She did nothing more than quote existing law when asked by physicians.

By metmike - July 22, 2021, 5:25 p.m.
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"Politicians need to stay in their lane and not tell scientists their job"

I agree 100%.

The sad thing is, that in today's world, politics dominates many areas of science.

Scientists are not little Mother Theresa's in lab coats dedicating their lives/volunteering  to saving the planet and making it a better place.

They are human beings.

Money, politics and prestige mean a great deal to many of them.

They are extremely smart(and can be arrogant)  which  makes it very hard for many to practice the absolute requirement needed to embrace the scientific method.............HUMILITY.

Trying to prove yourself wrong........and failing before having confidence that you are right is the way it should always be.......the scientific method!

In today's world, most people spend almost all their time intentionally going to places that tell them they are right. To get the news and find the data which they want to hear/see. 

Scientists are human too and cursed with human cognitive bias.

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Climate Reality

I'm not saying that all scientists are like this. Of course most of them are good/honest people. However, they and people in the medical profession(that make numerous blunders that they constantly cover up) are put on super hero pedestals which causes the bad ones to go without accountability.

By bear - July 24, 2021, 10:39 p.m.
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but here is a problem... science according to whom?  

even scientists disagree on what the scientific "facts" are... 

By bear - July 24, 2021, 10:48 p.m.
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we have a course at the local college call "philosophy of science", which deals with the many complexities regarding... what is scientific method,  the way different authors thru history talk about methodology,  what is the difference between facts vs theory, correlation vs cause and effect, etc, etc....

also we about verification, falsification, paradigm shifts, etc.