Politicians must not elevate mere opinion over science

Politics and scienceBy Brian Cox and Robin Ince

Against the background of climate change – as an example of where the last years the two worlds of science and politics are ‘meeting’- this article of a physicist and a stand-up comedian gives a very direct and honest reflection on where the vulnerability in this relation lies, as well as where the worlds should meet and respect each other.

“Even in a secular democracy, a fundamental tenet of the system is that politicians are elected to reflect and act upon the opinions of the people, or are at least given temporary authority by the people to act upon their own. Science is a framework with only one absolute: all opinions, theories and “laws” are open to revision in the face of evidence. It should not be seen or presented, therefore, as a body of inviolate knowledge against which policy should be judged…” Read more >