Where does science stop?

For many public debates, we turn to science for answers. We value it for its objectivity and rationality. But in last week’s edition of Neiler’s Peer Review (“What’s the deal with alcohol and health?”), I ended with a vexing question: why’s it take so many studies to figure things out? Science is a continuous process — but for us to get answers, it needs to “stop” somewhere. And according to a 2007 article by Haller and Gerrie, (“The role of science in public policy: Higher reason, or reason for hire?”), this stopping point can have unexpected consequences. What are the effects? And what can we do about it? In this week’s edition of Neiler’s Peer Review, I assess the situation.

stopping point (1)stopping point (2)stopping point (3)stopping point (4)

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Haller SF, Gerrie J (2007) The role of science in public policy: Higher reason, or reason for hire? J Agric Environ Ethics 20: 139-165

For further reading:

Aschwanden C (2017) There’s No Such Thing As ‘Sound Science’. Accessed 26 Apr 2018: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-easiest-way-to-dismiss-good-science-demand-sound-science/


2 thoughts on “Where does science stop?

  1. Ho-leee-shit Niel, you have outdone yourself foreverwith that set. I am rolling on the floor laughing and slackjawed at the authenticity of the detail. Props.


    Regards, Tim Hillsamer


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