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BOSTON — In auditorium lectures and hallway conversations, politics was in the air at one of the country’s largest science conferences this weekend.

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science draws thousands of scientists from around the world to discuss research, policy, and science communication. But this year’s focus was disproportionately on President Trump — both as a subtext to many of the sessions on science policy, and occasionally as an explicit target, because of statements he’s made that conflict with scientific evidence, particularly on climate change and vaccine safety.


In a packed auditorium Friday night, science historian Naomi Oreskes gave a lecture on “the scientist as sentinel,” a topic she said seemed to have “a renewed urgency in the present moment.”

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  • Well you may have all your scientific data, all your facts all your liberal views but it fails to address the biggest fact of all the fact that we are still here we have not melted or froze or any of the hysterical predictions that claim we are all doomed. California has not fallen off. It’s called weather. So until those things happen it’s just propaganda. You talk about facts but none of the facts really prove any thing. The fact we are still here is the biggest fact of all.

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