EDITORIAL

A tale of two cultures

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Science  26 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6374, pp. 371
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat0588

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It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. We are witnessing major advances in almost every field of science, leading to a better understanding of the world and improvements in the quality of people's lives. Yet, scattered distrust of science, neglect of science by public officials, and frequent denial of scientific thinking in many quarters seem to call into question that rosy view of scientific progress. The inconsistency indicates widespread misunderstanding of what science is and how it works. It is up to scientists to fix this.