The Look and Feel of 21st Century Science
Joe Brewer

Great piece, Joe. I do wish you would include in your analysis the role of corporate funding in undermining public trust in science, and the need for non-profit networks of scientists to counter this influence. Organizations like the Cochrane Collaboration, where volunteer scientists conduct meta-analyses of existing medical research which examine studies for corporate bias as well as methodological weakness, are much needed in many fields. Corporations are increasingly sophisticated in how they use PR methods as well as research funding, NGO “front groups,” and financial ties to prominent research universities promote to their agendas to the public as “scientific,” with any dissenting view painted as superstitious, emotional, or the product of cognitive bias. The funding question cannot be left out of any discussion of the role of science in addressing social problems.