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SCIENCE UNDER SIEGE

posted May 29, 2015, 6:09 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated May 29, 2015, 6:10 PM ]
Friday, May 29th 2015

Wednesday, June 3 - Friday, June 5

SCIENCE UNDER SIEGE 
Are we living through an Anti-Scientific Revolution? Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say -- constrained by belief and ideology from all sides.  Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege?  CBC Radio producer Mary Lynk looks for some answers in this three-part series.

Part 1:  Dangers of Ignorance - Wednesday, June 3
​Explores the historical tension between science and political power and the sometimes fraught relationship between the two over the centuries. But what happens when science gets sidelined? What happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? 

Part 2: The Great Divide - Thursday, June 4
Explores the state of science in the modern world, and the expanding -- and dangerous -- gulf between scientists and the rest of society.  Many policy makers, politicians and members of the public are giving belief and ideology the same standing as scientific evidence. Are we now seeing an Anti-Scientific Revolution?  A look at how evidence-based decision making has been sidelined.

Part 3:  Fighting Back -  Friday, June 5
Focuses on the culture war being waged on science, and possible solutions for reintegrating science and society. The attack on science is coming from all sides, both the left and right of the political spectrum. How can the principle of direct observation of the world, free of any influence from corporate or any other influence, reassert itself? The final episode of this series looks at how science can withstand the attack against it and overcome ideology and belief.
 
 
 

Ideas in the Afternoon - Friday, June 5 at 1:00 pm

SCIENCE UNDER SIEGE. Part 1
Are we living through an Anti-Scientific Revolution? Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say -- constrained by belief and ideology from all sides.  Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege?  CBC Radio producer Mary Lynk looks for some answers