“Republicans on the House science committee are seeking to gain oversight over what scientific research the National Science Foundation funds. Tennessee representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, is proposing a piece of legislation called the “High Quality Research Act” that would give politicians the power to approve or reject research. The bill has yet to be officially introduced, but is an overt attempt to insert politics into the scientific process and at a time when the U.S. is losing its place in the world in research.
Currently, an independent panel of scientists oversees funding for scientific research. They make decisions based on their expertise and knowledge regarding basic research that might (like this study involving glow-in-the-dark sperm in fruit flies) seem outlandish and trivial, but that provides one more building block towards a larger discovery.”
While one can assume that there has already been a foot in the door from the government since they do fund the projects, this would then mean that they want more control than they already have? And with a larger control over what research they do would that not also include information control. From what I’ve seen there are some pretty passionate scientists out there (watch some videos of Lawrence Krauss talking about what he does for example) so I see two outcomes. First I think they would try to have an “underground” website to post their actual findings. If that fails wouldn’t they be stubborn enough to stop altogether? It is never good when politics gets too involved with science. We end up with bombs and the like. 😦