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Jakarta Post

Stop science from mixing with ideology

  • Arli Aditya Parikesit
    Arli Aditya Parikesit

    Heads the Bioinformatics Department at the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1, 2018   /  11:21 am
Stop science from mixing with ideology UNESCO recorded that the gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) of Indonesia was as miniscule as 0.08 percent of GDP in 2013.  (Shutterstock/File)

Recently, the public was shocked when the Home Ministry issued a regulation requiring the supervision of research activity to ward off any negative effects that could endanger the state ideology Pancasila. Following the outrage, the regulation was revoked pending an indefinite period of consultation with various parties, the ministry said. This incident shows the intersection between ideology and science — which could eventually subordinate science to ideology. The interesting national trend is not a coincidence, given the global reemergence of the skepticism of science — take United States President Donald Trump who said global warming is a hoax. Indonesia is not alone in its struggle to find the right equilibrium between science and state ideology. Long before Indonesia and the US were drowning into these ideological dialectics, other nations tried to mix ideology ...

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