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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Deepening Democracy Scientists & Experts Must Guide, Not Usurp, Climate Negotiations

Deepening Democracy
Scientists & Experts Must Guide, Not Usurp, Climate Negotiations



Scientists and other experts must become more attuned to the different roles that they play in broader society, especially what it means to be facilitators of democracy rather than advocates for more authoritarian political systems. In practice this means recognizing that the main function of expert advisory bodies is not to tell the public what should be done, but rather what could be done. Experts, such as the Global Challenges Foundation leadership (above), who claim to speak for “science” and who campaign too aggressively risk their own credibility and that of science more broadly in public debates. Ultimately, a commitment to democratic governance means accepting that power rests with the people and not the experts.http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/roger-pielke-jr/deepening-democracy/
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