One thing I learned during my study of Oceanography is that bias has no place in science and a fact is a fact.
I don’t recall the exact experiment, but I remember thinking I knew the answer beforehand. That’s no surprise in itself as the scientific method should have a hypothesis. But my results disappointed me. I replicated the experiment to prove my hypothesis right, not to go where the evidence led me.
The result never changed. Over the over, it grew clear my hypothesis was just wrong. Now that’s why we study science, I thought. It didn’t matter what I thought going in because the true answer was based on facts.
Words cannot describe how discouraging it has been watching what has happened to science this year. Science has long been the source of America’s strength. Science helped life expectancy jump from less than 40 years in the 1850’s to over 78 years now
In August, I wrote The Politicization of Science: Erasing the Vocabulary of Climate Change. It covered the story of Jennifer Bowen, a professor who received an email from the Department of Energy asking her to remove references to climate change in her already approved grant proposal.
We should be able to call things what they are and base things on science and facts. If not, what is the purpose of a scientist?
Yesterday, I read the current administration relayed a list of banned words to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The forbidden language is specifically not allowed in future budget documents.
Politically biased websites such as The Blaze published this information under the title, “White House bans seven politically correct terms from CDC budget items — here’s what they are.”
Making this a left or right issue is proposterous to me. Science censorship is something everyone, regardless of political party, should rally against. Yes, sometimes the results won’t match our assumptions, but we can’t change the reality of those results regardless how much we re-do an experiment or ban the words that describe it.
Fetus isn’t a “politically correct word.” It is literally a word with a meaning. Science-based and evidence-based are facts by another name. But instead of saying something is a fact, take my word for it, using evidence-based also says it wasn’t made up. These things shouldn’t be up for political interpretation.
Instead of saying something isn’t based on science or evidence, the recommended phrasing is, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
They can’t use the word evidence but they can use wishes.