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Embracing the unqualified opinion

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Science  14 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6334, pp. 144-145
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam6040

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Populism coupled with renewed anti-intellectualism has recently affected leadership in the United States and abroad. The ramifications for the sci­ence community are yet to be understood, but federal research priorities, fund­ing, and innovation may be affected for decades. Two timely new books—Tom Nichol's The Death of Expertise and Dave Levitan's Not a Scientist—grapple with the dangerous disconnect between expertise, policy-makers, and the public that threat­ens to undermine scientific progress for the foreseeable future.