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Has Science Lost Its Authority?

It’s been a tough season for experts. Distrusted by the public if not politicized by the craven, those trained to master a specific domain in service of common goods seem all too divested of their authority; every earned discovery is now subject to the culture war. What is going on? Are any of these dynamics legit? Dr. Francis Collins has lived these questions his whole career, though perhaps no more intensely than over the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently serving as Science Advisor to the President of the United States, he has some things to say.

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