“Even when Darwin’s teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific, materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature, was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology.” -Trofim Lysenko
When it comes to many issues, democracy and popular opinion does and should determine the outcome. But when it comes to science and scientific issues, popular opinion or the votes of even an elite group of people doesn’t mean very much at all. Instead, it’s the truth that the Universe tells us about itself, through experiment, measurement and inquiry, that determines the answer.
We may act like climate change, nuclear power, GMOs, fluoridated drinking water and a whole host of other issues are determined by science, but for the vast majority of us, it’s our opinions and ideologies that determine our stances on these issues, not the science itself. This is a problem that’s plagued all of science, even astronomy, going back for generations.