Science and democracy actually have something very important in common

Mother Jones | Oct 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM
  • This piece was originally published in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership.
  • Over time, following some broad principles, scientists in a given field reach agreement on methods and standards for generating evidence and evaluating it in a collective search for an understanding of some set of phenomena in nature.
  • If enough of the participants decide they don’t want to play any more, but would instead rather seize and hold power by any means necessary, constitutions and laws and historical norms may not be enough to stop them.