Science Inventory

Is Science Biased Toward Natural?

Citation:

LACKEY, R. T. Is Science Biased Toward Natural? . NORTHWEST SCIENCE. Northwest Scientific Association, Tacoma, WA, 83(3):277-279, (2009).

Impact/Purpose:

Having widely available, accurate, understandable, and unbiased scientific information is central to the successful resolution of the typically contentious, divisive, and litigious natural resource policy issue.

Description:

Having widely available, accurate, understandable, and unbiased scientific information is central to the successful resolution of the typically contentious, divisive, and litigious natural resource policy issue. Three examples are offered to illustrate how science is often misused. Scientists should be more vigilant guarding against the misuse of science in natural resource policy and management. Otherwise, society risks marginalizing the helpful role that science and scientists can play in resolving important, but divisive natural resource issues. When performed appropriately and without a policy bias, science has much to offer society, decision makers, and individual citizens. The scientific enterprise also has much to lose by doing otherwise.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 08/01/2009
Record Last Revised: 12/03/2009
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 187564

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

IMMEDIATE OFFICE