These aren’t just culturally determined stories that we tell each other. Science is a method and ideas have to work in order to survive. But we occasionally encounter postmodernist arguments that essentially try to dismiss the hard conclusions of science and when they are losing the fight over the evidence and logic, it’s easy to just clear the table and say none of it matters. Science is human-derived and therefore cultural.
It’s so unprecedented that it’s unnerving, a sign of how unstable the state of scientific integrity feels to many scientists. When science is generally supported by the public, it’s best for these institutions to remain apolitical, or at least appear to be so. The fact that this is happening is not a cause to celebrate, it’s an indicator of how out of whack the world is right now. I worry that it may be a bad long-term choice for a short-term political win.