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Pseudoscience has won in past, time to bring it to an end

Journalists wait to receive their first dose fo COVID-19 during a vaccination drive in Senayan, Jakarta on Feb. 25.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
M. Taufiqurrahman
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22 2021

Every government has a problematic relationship with truth, and more often than not they also have the same problem with science.

There’s something about science that make people in power, government officials and bureaucrats give it a wide berth.

Maybe it’s the rigor, the evidence-based procedures and the time-consuming testing of hypothesis that scare off politicians, people who need to deliver quick solutions, tangible deliverables and barrels of pork to their constituencies and clients.

Or maybe, it is science’s preoccupation with actual, real-world phenomena that spooks people who live in a world where superstition and faith prevail.

Either way, science oftentimes stand in the way of good politics. For politicians, whose fortune could be decided in one election cycle and who need to make good on their c...

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