So, you expect politics from me, but it's another thing for @hholdenthorp & @ScienceMagazine to be so vocal on the threats we face, be so explicitly political. Scientists are taught to "stay out of it," keep their heads down, write papers, get grants. 1/ wired.com/story/americas…
Even when it's clear their work has political implications, most are wary of speaking out because they'll look unscientific, risk career advancement in stodgy universities (like mine!) or simply are uncomfortable doing it. 2/
But there are areas where science matters beyond the pages of academic journals: climate change, pandemics, clinical trial methodology, evolution, reproductive health and there are probably more. 3/
And we've had a "war on science" for a long time in the US, @chriscmooney, now at @washingtonpost, has been writing about it for years. Does science matter? Not just in a platonic sense in terms of advancing knowledge, but for the world? 4/
I think it does. I think scientists know that too. Our survival against #COVID19 is about listening to the science, following the evidence, acting on it. The same with climate change, etc. 5/
To see @hholdenthorp speaking out like this is truly astounding. It's a culture shift. I don't expect him out on the barricades, but he's unafraid to say politics intersects with science in ways we can't ignore. And that is big. 6/
Desmond Tutu once said: "If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." 7/
Well, there is an elephant in the room. And we're the mice. We are not bystanders when it comes to pandemics, climate change, our neutrality is self-defeating more than ever. end/

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The interview is pure sophistry. If you support most of the components of a fringe-approach to disease control just say it, don't say I didn't say the words "herd immunity," and think it immunizes you against the real idiocy of your proposals, statements. 2/
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