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If I ruled the world: Scientists in charge

Why don’t we put scientists in charge of everything? Surely they’d do a better job than politicians?

By Colin Blakemore   January 2011

Photo: Armin Kübelbeck

There’s a Catch 22 here. Judging from history, anyone who really wants to rule the world should be fiercely prevented from doing so. But as I’m a scientist, I’m prepared to do a thought experiment.

It’s obvious what I’d do, isn’t it? If I were to rule the world, surely I’d gather the globe’s most able scientists and delegate the job to them. If there are going to be any human beings left to rule the world by the end of this century, they’ll have huge problems to solve: climate change, global warming, water and food shortages,…

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