2010 Programme: Battle over Scientific Evidence
Science is a key battleground in political debate today. Indeed, for some, ‘The Science’ trumps all other considerations when it comes to issues like climate change. But when science is politicised, does it lose credibility? Academic scandals have cast doubt on the peer review process, until recently regarded as unassailable, and have put into question the authority of the IPCC, which was established precisely to transcend political disputes. But might it be a good thing to scrutinise ideas purportedly based on objective evidence, especially when it comes to politics? What are the limits of science, and are they more practical or philosophical?