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Posts Tagged ‘science advice’

Governor Cuomo is Not a Scientist—So He Asked the Experts

In late October, I wrote about the disturbing trend of politicians copping out of taking public policy positions by saying, “I am not a scientist.” Well, yesterday we heard Governor Andrew Cuomo complete the sentence in a way that I applaud. He said, “…I’m not a scientist.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.” Read More

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Note to Politicians: No Need to Keep Telling Us You Are Not Scientists

Earlier this week, McClatchy-Tribune published an op-ed I wrote about the many politicians who have recently said some version of “I’m not a scientist” when asked about science-based policies. Read More

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Using Science to Address Inaction, Not Just Uncertainty

In a recent article published in Nature, William Sutherland and his colleagues give 20 tips for interpreting scientific claims and suggest educating policy makers on “the imperfect nature of science”. Their tips are useful and perhaps should be cautious reminders on the desk of every scientist before they step forward to provide advice. But the tips can also mislead policymakers into failing to make a decision in the absence of unrealistic, and unattainable, absolute certainty. Read More

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