Opinion

james carroll

Bridging the science gap

When scientists are cut off from the broader culture, both sides are impoverished

A warning to readers: The following alarm about the multifaceted danger of defunding science in the United States is being sounded by a guy who (to my undying shame) flunked high school chemistry. If a right-brainer like me sees what’s wrong with the growing gap between scientific endeavor and public support for science, the problem must be serious. And the gap will grow exponentially under the Paul Ryan budget plan.

Entomologist May R. Berenbaum writes in the current issue of Daedalus, “The US scientific enterprise, more so than in most nations, depends on a public not only supportive of federal funding for basic research but also capable of crafting and adopting policies based on solid evidence.”

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