A paradox about lysenkoism

Lysenkoism was an anti-scientific campaign that dominated the Soviet Union during Stalin’s rule. Lysenkoism basically rejected the scientific principle and instead promoted blatantly anti-science; it wasn’t pseudoscience, it was anti-science.

Obviously, this being in a communist nation, the cost was lives. Some scientist were killed and many people died in famines that lysenkoism inflated.

Stalin was a fan of Lysenko.

So, with anti-science running amok through the nation, who were spared? The nuclear physicists.

“It is significant that Stalin left his nuclear physicists alone and never presumed to second guess their calculations. Stalin may well have been mad but he was not stupid.”

I don’t understand this. Wouldn’t that imply that he knew anti-science was wrong?

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