I agree with much of the argument and I particularly like the observation that HSR that has less of am impact may be research that threatens traditional cultures, egos, etc.

But this sidesteps another variable - values and value conflict. Some HSR, while ostensibly about "science" and "evidence" is also advocacy of a particular normative position which may well conflict with other, equally legitimate normative positions (e.g., personal freedom). The limited impact of some HSR is the result of the need to work through these normative conflicts.

Patrick Fafard
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa