Rumour-mongering by scientists

Other Names:
Scientific terrorism

In the UK, the role played by some scientists in relation to the BSE crisis (and its aftermath involving other animals) in the 1990s has been evaluated as a form of scientific terrorism.


Terrorism by scientists results from isolating a set of statistics from its context, attaching a lengthy commentary, and encouraging the public and politicians to interpret the result in the most negative manner. The process may be accelerated by telephoning a message to the press demanding a large sum of money required for essential research to investigate the problem.

Broader Problems:
Reduced By:
Scientific censorship
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Date of last update
21.12.2017 – 18:00 CET