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Is science political?
Science is political.
Science values facts and sound reasoning. If there are politics that revile those values, science is inherently opposed to them. Since such politics do exist, science is opposed to those politics.
Science is based on a model of reality - a belief system or theology - that is based on rationalism or reason. Therefore, science is political because, in the first instance, it is a theology.
Human involvement makes science political.
Some scientific discoveries and research programs have not only been influenced by political thought and political events but also found their raison d'être in politics.
Some scientific paradigms are political.
Science is our best methodological attempt at removing political bias and embraces doubt of its own intentions. Any science that assumes or claims to be entirely without political motive is politically motivated.
If we understand "politics" in a broader sense than direct political control, then all human activities have politics. But the scientific method by which we test concepts against reality is not politically biased.
Descriptions of the scientific method avoid political language, and any analysis of its usage in a political context exceeds the scope of the thesis.
Unlike politics, the aim of science is neither influence nor control.
The topics which science studies often have political overlap or ramifications, e.g. neuroscience, behavioral science, and the justice system. The overlap causes science to be perceived as political.
Science has been defined as the pursuit of truth, even though it can be used to achieve political benefits.
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