On Friday, May 23, Dr. David Lewis delivered a powerful talk entitled: Science For Sale: How the U.S. Government Controls Science to Support its Policies. Dr. Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist, formerly with the EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
Dr. Lewis states:
“The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices.
Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work.
The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best.”