Scientists in NZ supported their USA colleagues last weekend, and good on them. Protest is politically effective, even though no-one admits it at the time. And as Trump is showing, science can have political ramifications because it affects power structures.
Which brings me to Rachel Carson. When I think of Rachel Carson, I think of as a pioneering and brave scientist who helped initiate a very valuable social awareness of the environmental hazards of pesticides. Others blame her for malaria deaths.
Seriously, they do. I knew this already but it's such an extremist fringe that I was really stunned to hear it from the head of research at New Zealand's wealthiest think tank.
Since the obvious apparently needs stating, this denies the free will of other individuals and societies to choose their own actions. Even if you assume that the DDT is the best/only way to control malaria, it is just nutty to suggest that Rachel Carson stopped that from happening. You might as well blame Henry Ford for road deaths.@smalltorquer Yay malaria!— Eric Crampton (@EricCrampton) April 22, 2017
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@smalltorquer Just the normal one: overreaction to the book saw use cut back excessively in some places that needed it.— Eric Crampton (@EricCrampton) April 22, 2017