Science: Scientists' Choice

One of the biggest scientific fish in Communism's net, outside Russia, is British Biologist J.B.S. Haldane. Last week Haldane's scientific colleagues were watching closely to see if he would cling to the party line, recently clamped around some very dubious genetics (TIME, Sept. 6). Most scientists suspected that Haldane would have to go back on either his Communism or his science.

Science, like Communism, requires a kind of religious fervor of its practitioners. Scientists assume that they have the right to judge the truth on the basis of experiment, observation and reasoning. They...

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