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July 24, 2020

Why Have Courts Abandoned the Scientific Method?

Today, Joseph Annotti, President and CEO of the Center for Truth in Science, wrote an op-ed that ran in Real Clear Science on the disregard for science in the recent Roundup verdict. Annotti writes that despite every American being taught the scientific method, it is missing from our courtrooms.

“Nearly every American was taught the same six steps that serve as a fundamental building block to scientific education: Make an observation, ask a question, form a hypothesis, make a prediction based on the hypothesis, test the prediction, and use the results to make new hypotheses or new predictions,” Anotti write. “Yet, a recent decision by a U.S. District Court judge to prohibit scientists from conducting an objective and unbiased research study on a specific chemical’s cancer-causing capability flies in the face of the principles of the scientific method and is further evidence of the growing disconnect between fact-based science and economic coercion in courtrooms across the United States.”

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