Science: Watchful Unorthodoxy

Soviet scientists lost face with their free colleagues a few years ago when they were forced to support pseudo-scientific theories that conform to Communist orthodoxy. Many scientist sympathizers, including Britain's Professor J.B.S. Haldane, broke with the Russian line over the dogma that Trofim Lysenko's sloppy genetics teaching (i.e., that environment is the big determinant in the development of life) is the only true doctrine. it was widely predicted that subjection to such authority would seriously damage the morale of Soviet scientists, and that the ill effects would soon show up on the practical...

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