Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Public policy on science increasingly has little to do with
science and much to do with ideological warfare, distorted
constitutional arguments, and crass politics. Litigants use
the federal courts to impose their own views of what constitutes
valid science. Scientists and educated laypersons whose
interpretation of the available evidence falls outside of the
"mainstream" (whatever that is) are increasingly shunned from the
public debate and subjected to ad hominem
In Science but Not Scientists, Vern Grose tells the
story of a high-stakes battle over California public policy on
science education. Self-characterized as a most unlikely
person to lead the fight, Grose found himself at the center of a
maelstrom confronting aggressive segments of the science
establishment (including the National Academy of Sciences, which
violated its 110-year-old charter in order to advance its
leadership's preferred position in the political debate).
Ultimately, logic and scientific truth achieved success in exposing
the difference between science - a field of objective intellectual
inquiry - and scientists - ordinary people susceptible to
common human frailties and subjective points of view.
Vernon L. Grose, Chairman of Omega Systems Group Incorporated,
authored the best-selling Managing Risk: Systematic Loss
Prevention for Executives. Before that, he was appointed
by President Reagan to the National Transportation Safety
Board. He has given hundreds of media interviews on risk,
disasters, and terrorism.
More About the Speakers
Vernon L. Grose, D.Sc.
Omega Systems Group Incorporated
Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus