Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest blog from Olli Tammilehto: LYING IS AN ECONOMIC NECESSITY

Guest blog from Olli Tammilehto: LYING IS AN ECONOMIC NECESSITY

UPDATED on August 29 with link to German language version of this blog (see below)
This is the next in a series of guest blogs on BRHP. The opinions expressed in it are of Olli Tammilehto himself. Publication of these opinions in BRHP does not imply that BRHP automatically agrees with or endorses these opinions. Publication of this, and other guest blogs, is to assist in development of an open debate and free exchange of opinions on RF and health.
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Olli Tammilehto is an independent researcher and writer. His most recent books are “Cold Shower, Preventing climate catastrophe by a rapid social change” (so far only in Finnish) and “The Tragedy of Transport” (available in English). Earlier he has taught environmental philosophy in the University of Helsinki. His internet site is
The original version of this guest blog was first published in Voima-lehti as a blog. It is also  available here as pdf: Olli Tammilehto Guest Blog in Finnish
This guest blog was also translated to German by the Elektrosmog News. Link to the German version


Science and the corporate interests

by Olli Tammilehto

An civilized person thinks usually that natural science is above politics. Especially men and women with a scientific education and rational world view believe that unlike social science natural science is independent of values and social goals.
However, ordinary people lacking the light of civilization are not willing to believe this. Its folk wisdom says: “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” And somebody is paying also for scientists, isn’t it?
But this kind of archaic wisdom does not apply to the modern science! Why would some quarters like to influence science? Isn’t it in everybody’s interest to know how things really are and allow the scientists to work in peace without outside pressure? However, it is crucial to remember that scientific research is not only general observation of micro and macro world and search for prevailing regularities. In practice it is commonly connected to industrial activities: on the one hand, research consist of refining old technologies and development of new technologies and products, on the other hand, sorting out the various effects of technologies, industries and products.

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