This site is unashamedly pro-scientific and on the side of progress and modern industrial society. Most of the time, it fights pseudoscience and myths hurting people. It also aims to discussing, through the experience of scientists, subjects that are not strictly scientific but that are important for
science, for example:
How to differentiate science from pseudoscience?
Should science be funded by the taxpayer?
What type of research is useful?
Is scientific thought independent of social contexts? Is it possible for it to be?
These questions are important but, because they cannot be answered in the laboratory, many scientists shy away from them; I contend that this attitude is self-harming. Scientists should make themselves an integral part of science communication and policy making. These issues are almost as important as working in the laboratory if science is going to survive in the modern world and society is to continue prospering. Keeping pace with scientific developments and recognising pseudoscience is increasingly difficult for the educated, but non-scientifically literate, public. Leaving these questions to be resolved by non-scientists alone is irresponsible and has a negative impact on science and society. In addition, as Bertrand Russell puts it:
“Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know we become insensitive to many things of very great importance.”Follow @arielpoliandri