Changing the conversation

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Science  24 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6404, pp. 760
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau2665

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Within Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann’s The Fight Against Doubt is a vital observation: “As important as science is for sound public policy…a focus on the science can take us only so far.” How then, should we go about limiting the damage that can be done by problematic scientific dissent? The authors advocate moving the debate away from dissenting speech and addressing the ways in which research institutions and practices provide the public with good reasons to question the trustworthiness of scientists.