The era of the independent scientist ended before the 1930s. Today's policy driving science is sponsored by government, foundations, and major corporations allied with government. In other words they are state intellectuals. The modern priest class that tells us why we should obey our rulers and why we must obey them.
Do they really do anything different than the priests who told us if we obeyed our rulers and sacrificed our wealth to them the spring rains would come? The snake go wouldn't eat the sun?
Human nature hasn't really changed much.
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