Op-ed pick: Can we trust science?

Today, The Economist asks whether we’ve put too much blind faith in scientific research – at grave risk to ourselves and advances in medicine and technology:

A simple idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Since its birth in the 17th century, modern science has changed the world beyond recognition, and overwhelmingly for the better.

But success can breed complacency. Modern scientists are doing too much trusting and not enough verifying—to the detriment of the whole of science, and of humanity.

You can read the full piece here.