Spare a thought

How would you feel if someone called you a liar and a godless charlatan? If they suggested that you were engaged in a long-term campaign of deception, and they tried to make sure that you got less money to do what you do, so that they could get more?

How would that make you feel?

Thankfully, our scientific, medical and research communities keep on trying to cure our diseases, clean up our messes, avert disasters, and generally make everyone’s lives a little easier. If not for us, then for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Even when we keep cutting back the funding and resources that they need to do their jobs. Even when we try to discredit good science. Even when we persecute them on religious grounds. Even when we follow the false advertising of bad science, because it sounds so much more like what we want to hear.

Would you? Wouldn’t you want to throw in the towel?

Spare a thought for the girls and boys in labs and research centres everywhere this Christmas.

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