If you follow the news, you know that Flint, Michigan has a small problem with its water supply--namely that it looks terrible and contains elevated levels of lead. The reasons for this are complex but a decision to use another source of water, a source of water with a different Ph level, contributed to this mess. Flint, like many older cities, still has water pipes that have lead in them so the change in the Ph level dislodged the lead in the pipes.
Read the interview of a scientist who made this an issue. He argues, fairly forcefully, that science is broken and that it is broken in part because scientists depend on the government for research funding.
I’m reminded of the studies that find biasing effects of Big Pharma on drug trial research and results. Maybe it is time that we should also grow concerned about the effects of Big Government on science?
Btw: Make sure to read the comments as they highlight well the dynamics the author discusses.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology