Monday, February 27, 2006

Separation of Science and State

Professor David S. Soderberg has written a beautiful article on my bugaboo, scientific "malpractice."


[Thanks to politicalsoundoff.squarespace.com for the photo.]

He points out that government funding of scientific research, whether it be in the field of stem cells, energy or economics, is deleterious, adding flames to the fire of whatever causes nonscientific behavior in those who have purportedly ascribed to the scientific equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath.

It is Paul Feyerabend who coined the idea of "separation of science and state." Hear hear. I second the motion.

Are you listening, Arnold? Schwarzenegger has created a panel to fund stem cell research in California -- a big mistake, in my humble opinion. Same goes for Bush's efforts to have the government fund energy research. Tsk tsk, Mr. Small-Government Republican. I guess Republicans are just as vulnerable as Democrats to what I have coined as Public Choice Creep.

Read Soderberg's article here.

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