Presenting the Dimbleby Lecture on Tuesday, Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, will attack the rise of “anti-science”, driven largely by religious fundamentalism, especially in America, which has also been taken up by many within the Republican party. Nurse fears this movement holds within it the seeds of economic and cultural disaster.
He believes that science is demonstrably the most effective and reliably way of promoting economic growth. Politicians who condone the undermining of science education, or stifle research for whatever reason, are harming our economic future.
He deplores the rise of faith schools and academies and believes that they should be subjected to legal sanctions to prevent the corruption of science by myths such as creationism. I couldn’t agree more.