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There are a couple  complications with this. First of all, _bad_ science is
rather apt to have very far-reaching political implications. Much evidence
for this has been presented on this list at one time or another.

 

But also, and more crucial, science (god or bad) does not explain itself. (A
text of any sort cannot speak of itself.) That is, the political
significance of any piece of science (good or bad) has to be interpreted,
and that interpretation is subject to debate.  Clearly¸over the last century
plus, genetics (good and bad) has frequently had racist implications, or,
more accurately, many people (scientists and non-scientists) drew racist
implications from genetics. But also a rather large number of people did NOT
draw such implicatins.

 

And people find the political implications that they want to find.

 

Carrol

 

 

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