Strand: Battle for Science
Science today arguably plays the role occupied by theology in earlier societies, not as a belief system, but as a source of authority. Just as the secular powers once sought to associate themselves with the Church, today’s politicians look to science to provide them with the stamp of authority. Science is invoked as the last word on everything from climate change to nutrition, parenting and even criminal justice. But is this good for science? Is science beginning to be funded, and research directed, according to political priorities rather than the disinterested pursuit of knowledge?
The Battle for Science will be introduced by Catherine Ewart, Head of Corporate Affairs, Science and Technology Facilities Council