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Scientists with differing views?

Is it important for policymakers and the public to hear from scientists with differing views?


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  • 5 years ago
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    It depends on the discussion, and what we mean by differing, but as a general thing, I have found that the best decisions tend to arise when the people making them are as fully informed as possible, which means hearing contrary views. Kind of like going to more than one contractor to get a bid, or getting multiple designs for a new building, and that sort of thing.

  • Paula
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    5 years ago

    We have a peer review system.

    If a scientist wants to publish some new idea, it has to be vetted by a peer review panel before any mainstream magazine will publish it.

    However, there are problems.

    Vested interests may influence the peer review system. That's because money for research is awarded to people who are approved by the peer review system.

    Those people in the system get the money to do new research. And that makes it hard for an "outsider" to get his views heard.

  • 5 years ago

    Yes, if they have good support for their views. we have a surplus of wacko ideas from half trained scientists.

  • 5 years ago

    some may be paid off to say what they say

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