It´s great fun to read about scientific history and the great philosophers of science like Karl Popper and David Hume. The current discussions about climate science makes me wonder – where are great philosophers of science when you need them? Will a great philosopher step forward and warn on unprecise statements like: “The science is settled”. Will a great philosopher step forward and tell us that within science, skepticism is a sound trait, and that an argument by consensus is not a logically valid argument.
Probably not, it is is more likely that the great philosophers has already done their job. It is up to each and every one of us now. As it is stated in the foreword to the book by National Academy of Sciences:
Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process
“Issues of misconduct and integrity in science present complex questions. These issues require the sustained attention of all members of the research community as well as of leaders in the public and private sector who are concerned with safeguarding the health of science. In this regard, ensuring the integrity of the research process is similar to assuring safety in the workplace: it is a process that requires continued participation from all levels of the entire research enterprise—the practitioners, the host institutions, the sponsors in government, and the legislators who provide the funds.”