Michael Crichton on Science and Politics

Just re-discovered one of my favorite pieces of polemic against the state of science today. Crichton is exactly right in how he discusses the problems with mixing science with politics, and his discussion of the real meaning behind whenever scientists declare a “consensus” is devastatingly correct.

But in the end, his malignant skepticism falls flat, at least to me, because even though he lashes out against the scientific establishment and makes convincing arguments, he needs a place to stand himself. He bemoans that “Science” has become just another “Mother Church,” but doesn’t he realize that we all need an external authority with whom to orient ourselves? Without a point of reference, we are simply adrift. The creation of a new secular Magisterium was inevitable.

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