Scientists depend on the power of reason

'Struth! Too bad that the same cannot be said for politicians. Perhaps we should demand more from them.

We have weakened our science by narrowing its scope. We are not alone in doing this; other countries do it. But, as a prosperous and educated nation we could take the lead in repairing this widespread damage. Canada would then become pre-eminent in science.
The damage stems from the near-universal demand on the part of policy-makers that the outcomes of scientific research be evident in advance of the research being performed. That is absurd and hinders progress. But it has been the guiding principle of our governments, of whatever political stripe, for decades past. It has gone largely unnoticed and unchallenged.
— http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/01/04/scientists_depend_on_the_power_of_reason.html