Scientists study facts...from facts we derive values...but might their value judgements offer more value if they actually studied value systems, whether psychology, economics or philosophy. Perhaps we ought to stop seeking the opinions of people speaking outside of their expertise. So what does this 'scientist' do? He is a physicist. What would he know about these topics. Is NZ so bored as to care what someone of no 'moral authority' cares? The NZ Herald seems to think so.
Clearly some journalists at the NZ Herald are really impressed by scientists with PhDs. Perhaps they would be less impressed if they realised that the prequalifying characteristic for getting a PhD is a great deal of self-hate. Why would you pay huge amounts of money, waste an inordinate amount of time for a qualification to impress the same type of people as you. Oh, the pay off of this self-congratulatory system is that you win the praise of unthinking journalists.