John Key & Science By Michael Edmonds • 15/05/2011 • 6 It appears John Key has a rather confused understanding of what science is, comparing scientists to lawyers. I think he needs to have a little chat with Sir Peter Gluckman. Related Environment John Key politiciana 6 Responses to “John Key & Science” hmmm, he didn’t handlenthat very well, did he? Reply That was just depressing. And besides, even when you get two lawyers bashing heads, I suspect that one of them is usually more right than the other one. Reply Oh that is sooooo dissapointing to hear… you said it Alison and Ben!!! Reply “Dear Mr Key It appears you seem a bit confused between what a lawyer does and what a scientist does. A typical lawyer establishes a position (usually dependent on his client) and then presents evidence that only supports his position. Furthermore, he will is likely to use emotive and potentially manipulative arguments to make his position look beter than those opposing him. A typical scientist starts by assessing all available evidence and then develops her position. This position may change if additional evidence comes to light. While scientists may choose to express their views passionately, this should not be confused with using emotive or manipulative arguments. While it may be possible that you have encountered some scientists who seem to have a more lawyerlike approach, you will find the majority of as act as I have described above.” Reply If he hasn’t had a chat to Sir Peter then there has to be some serious questions asked about Sir Peter’s title: “Chief Science Advisor” and we presume since he is in the Prime Minister Science Advisory Committee, that he is/has/was/will offer(ing) advice to the Prime Minister. A wee chat is certainly advised please Sir Peter. Reply Thanks Ross, have you stopped to think?.. Just actually think for yourself. The title may be “Science Advisor”, it’s more likely he is a mouthpiece, to provide the views that he is told to, and to advise the public on what they’re supposed to think. To believe that Gluckman does anything other than follow his guidelines (ie, instructions) is incredibly naive. Mr Key isn’t confused at all, he just let it slip out. Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.