Compartmentalization; What's The Harm?

This blogger has posted many times on the psychological phenomenon of "compartmentalization", or the holding of conflicting beliefs.  David Gorski has posted on the Science-Based Medicine blog a troubling example of the effect of compartmentalization in the area of alternative medicine. 

Francis Collins is the NIH Director and noted scientist who is also a Fundamentalist Christian.  It appears that Dr. Collins' mental compartment keeping his irrational ideas separate from his science has developed a leak.  What's the harm?

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