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More Science Makes Things Worse

March 12, 2010
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More good writing from Dan Sarewitz on climate science and its role in the climate debate (this time no subscription required!). The main point: more science makes things worse.

A dangerous idea has taken hold in modern politics, and the sooner it is discredited, the better. The idea is that political disagreements can be resolved by science. Its basic logic seems sensible: As good children of the Enlightenment, we should turn to science to establish the facts about problems such as climate change before deciding what policies to implement. Yet the types of things that scientists are good at figuring out don’t have much to do with the types of things that politicians need to decide.

Read the whole article in Slate here.

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