Sunday, October 31, 2004

Lewontin on Government's Use and Abuse of Science

The current (11/18/04) issue of the New York Review of Books includes a review by Richard C. Lewontin of Scientific Integrity in Policymaking, the February 2004 report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists that was sharply critical of the Bush administration's alleged manipulation of science to suit its political purposes. For background, see our post of 2/18/04.
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.