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Personal Prejudice in High Places

Science Magazine May 4, 2007 page 661: An editorial titled –Turning the Tables with Mary Jane – The editor in chief of the Science magazine, Donald Kennedy, starts of with the sentence, “Some of this is about–marijuana just so you’ll know, there’s nothing in here about what we were all doing back in the day …” I’m sorry your assumption that we were all using pot in the 1960’s is wrong, it is even possible that many of the ‘worst generation’ members didn’t follow the crowd. More importantly, this editorial is about a law called, the Data Quality Act, which requires access to all basic data surrounding a publication. Unfortunately, it is only applied to science surround food and drugs.

Mr. Kennedy states, “Many basic scientist would be uneasy if their primary data—not what’s in their publications, but what’s in the lab books—would be available for others to fiddle around with and then publish a different conclusion.”

Publish a different conclusion? What’s wrong with a different conclusion? Why is this so important to the editor of Science magazine? Is the editor afraid that these different conclusions might be different than those approved by him? This other wise commonplace article does however raise the question that maybe much of the basic science today is supported by ‘Junk Science.’

Maybe this law should be expanded to apply to all science. After all truth is what science is supposed to be about. Good science is supposed to look at alternative conclusion from their data. The bigger question here is why the basic scientists would be uneasy if their work was critically examined. Is the light side afraid it will loose control of the minds of the public?



By A Bialystock

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