Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Nobel Laureates for Kerry

According to Reuters, 48 Nobel-Prize winning scientists have signed an open letter decrying the Bush Administration's posture toward science and scientists. That complaint is not without foundation.

The 48 scientists also say John Kerry would do better. That could be true as well. But their letter doesn't say why they think so.


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Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.