Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Trust Science

Students take part in a climate change demonstration, Nice, France, March 15, 2019. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)
As, indeed, you already do

The ninth commandment is: trust science. By this we mean a true science, based on objectively established criteria and agreed foundations, with a rational methodology and mature criteria of proof . . . Science, properly defined, is an essential part of civilization. To be anti-science is not the mark of a civilized human being, or of a friend of humanity.

– Paul Johnson, Enemies of Society (1977)

Well, of course we all do trust science. We trust Bernoulli’s principle every time we get on a plane; we trust celestial mechanics when we take the kids outside to watch a scheduled lunar eclipse;

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