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Science but not Scientists

Recorded on May 24, 2007

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 attacks. 

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.