Opinion | Science and politics should not be at odds
The covid crisis highlights the value of a scientific temper in public affairs
The covid-19 pandemic has surpassed 9/11 as the defining moment of our generation. Due to the singular nature of this scare, global heads of state are in need of sound advice from scientists. In these surreal times, it is worth examining the relationship of science with politics, and the importance of a scientific temper. Science and politics are generally at odds. Science proposes hypotheses, develops replicable tools to test them out, and generates verifiable facts. Politicians weave facts into narratives that a majority is willing to buy into. While American scientists like Anthony Fauci have become overnight heroes, they are unelected appointees. Conversely, politicians are answerable to their electorates.