Knowledge is POWER

The Politics of Research brings to our attention how we have  been taught to accept that the methodology used to arrive at certain scientific “discoveries” is unbiased when, in fact, it is very influenced by funding sources and political considerations.

We also realize how those who possess specific technical knowledge are able to control how their field is perceived by the public because if they make it seem difficult they enhance their standing in society (think astro-physicists, mathematicians, economists, etc) , while if they  were to explain things in a manner that truly showed how simple some of the principles are, they would be de-mystifying their field and  could, in turn, lower the perceived value of their knowledge.

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