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A philosophy described by Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann as ‘the dissociation of belief from evidence’
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In their examination of the criminal convictions of 62 men who were later exonerated by DNA evidence, Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer concluded that a third of the cases involved "tainted or fraudulent science." Although in some cases rogue experts were directly to blame, a much larger problem exists: The forensics profession lacks a truly scientific culture--one with sufficient written protocols and an empirical basis for the most basic procedures.
MIT professor Theodore Postol recently used public documents to show how the Pentagon has been perpetuating fraudulent science to promote its missile defense program.
"I'm afraid people are going to learn the hard way that the new AIDS drugs are a lethal combination of toxic activists and fraudulent science. But I would not have changed our AIDS reporting for a million bucks."