For example, Albert Einstein complained that sociology departments across the quad were using his theory of relativity to advance the idea of "relativistic morality."
The meaning of relativity has been widely misunderstood. Philosophers play with the word, like a child with a doll. Relativity as I see it, merely denotes that certain physical and mechanical facts, which have been regarded as positive and permanent, are relative with regard to certain other facts in the sphere of physics and mechanics. It does not mean that everything in life is relative and that we have the right to turn the whole world mischievously topsy-turvy.
(Wikiquote, from 1929 Viereck interview)
Liberal theologians, for another example, have adopted the model of evolution to come up with Theistic Evolution in their systematic theologies.
The proponents of eugenics in the early 20th century co-opted Darwinian evolution as a pretext for manipulating human species. As well, did Thomas Huxley adapt Darwinian evolution to promote the superiority of certain races in the anthropology department!
Has anyone scrutinized this tendency of academia to "co-opt scientific vocabulary" to further their theories or ideologies? Have any other scientists, besides Einstein, objected to misuse of their scientific verbage?