Science: The Stalled Leap Forward

"Marxist philosophy holds that the most important problem does not lie in understanding the laws of the objective world and thus being able to explain it, but in applying the knowledge of these laws actively to change the world. "

—Mao Tse-tung

For the past three decades, the People's Republic of China has sought to apply Chairman Mao's idea by demanding that its scientists be politically orthodox and by subjugating all scientific research to the solution of the country's most pressing national problems. China has made impressive progress in increasing agricultural and industrial output and providing health care for its 850 million people....

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