Culture, Politics

Just a thought for the day. I think there’s always room for healthy discussions on topics like evolution, or climate change, etc. Areas where there’s at least some disagreement about aspects, even when it’s from outliers or fringe research. That is what science is all about, after all. Asking and answering questions through evaluation, testing, and reporting. But one of the big problems is how intertwined politics has become with science, especially with regard for willful ignorance of the process, outright disbelief of results, and attempts to legislate (or coerce) scientific position.

Science has a lot in common with religion, as far as it comes to its involvement in social order. In the same way that religion and politics don’t mix, neither do science and politics. Science needs to go where the questions take it, and be answered and refined through a process that has literally worked for thousands of years. Legislators only job with regard to science, is to promote it. This is a directive specifically stated in the Constitution, as a matter of fact.

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8; The Constitution of the United States of America

This clause outlines a specific action to be taken by Congress under the issue of General Welfare. The reason for that action is also clear though, that we, as a society, have an obligation to promote science and the process, no matter where those answers may take us. Science will be wrong occasionally, no doubt, but the process it goes through is well suited to allow and correct for that over time. Politicians would do well to remember this, and we would do well to remind them.

Politics and Science