Roger Pielke Jr: A “Sedative” for Science Policy

18/10/2020 - 10:09

....."But the jarring disconnect between utter policy failure and scientific superpower status is not in fact a paradox. It is a design flaw, deriving at least partially from a science policy that has emphasized the separation of scientific achievement from societal outcome. Extracting science from its broader societal role is arguably the most significant intellectual influence of Endless Frontier.

The chaos-ridden US approach to the pandemic has also revealed a fundamental dissonance at the heart of the nation’s science policy: it is possible to achieve spectacular scientific successes alongside outright social failures that science was supposed to prevent."