Does this sound familiar? He didn’t know about climate science because it was yet to be invented but he could see the shape of it.
When an immature field takes on the task of expanding its research effort for the solution of some urgent (sic) practical problem there will be a tendency for the outcome of its labours to be a weighty argument establishing the conclusions that its sponsors and its public wanted all along.” J R Ravetz in Scientific Knowledge and its Social Problems, 1973.
Summarising a bit more of his chapter on immature and ineffective fields of inquiry.
The term hypertrophy can be applied in a field where the rate of growth is so rapid that the mechanisms of quality control fail to work effectively…
In response to urgent calls for helpful research a clever mediocrity can build an empire and achieve power and prestige at the expense of those with more caution or scruples. In the absence of controls within the discipline or in neighbouring fields the worst excesses of entrepreneurial and shoddy science can occur…
Rapidly increasing volumes of research provides demand an expansion of institutional apparatus including academic places and there soon appears a structure of postgraduate and undergraduate courses , mostly vacuous in content and largely taught by a mixture of mediocrities, posers and entrepreneurs (of the wrong kind).
Graduates of such courses emerge as manpower units with spurious qualifications for taking their places as technicians, practitioners or experts in the growing industry of vacuous research and misconceived technical developments.
And much more of the same with a lot of historical perspective and innumerable case studies from most of the branches of science as they evolved in modern times.
Of course it is completely useless as a text for modern students who are not expected to read books and do not even need to come into contact with books or libraries as they are fed folders of snippets to supplement the lectures where they sit and do social media.
Check it out anyway, very cheap if you are in the US.