Truth from the Inside: Scientist says public science is broken

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“Science should be about pursuing the truth and helping people,” says Marc Edwards, engineering professor at Virginia Tech, as he explains that public science is broken.

We need more scientists to come out against biased industry-sponsored “science.”

Here’s more: “I grew up worshiping at the altar of science, and in my wildest dreams I never thought scientists would behave this way. The only way I can construct a worldview that accommodates this is to say, These people are unscientific. Science should be about pursuing the truth and helping people. If you’re doing it for any other reason, you really ought to question your motives.” — Professor Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech, from article below. 

The article is about the corruption in the water science arena, but what he says now applies to ALL areas of science, especially medical research.

A recent meta-analysis report on anti-depressant “science” showed that 75% was funded by the company that makes the product — showing a HUGE conflict of interest. The same thing happens in VACCINE “safety” research — it is all conducted by researchers and/or government agencies that are partially funded by pharma. And vaccines are not even tested up to the gold-standard in the pharma industry since they are not classified as prescription drugs.

Let’s stand up and say NO to conflict of interests and industry-sponsored “science” that is pawned off to the public as truth, when it is clearly just more marketing.


The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science Is Broken

When Marc Edwards opens his mouth, dangerous things come out.

Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has been investigating dangerously high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply. “The agencies paid to protect these people weren’t solving the problem,” he says. “They were the problem. What faculty person out there is going to take on” the government?

In 2003 the Virginia Tech civil-engineering professor said that there was lead in the Washington, D.C., water supply, and that the city had been poisoning its residents. He was right.

Last fall he said there was lead in the water in Flint, Mich., despite the reassurances of state and local authorities that the water was safe. He was right about that, too.

Working with residents of Flint, Mr. Edwards led a study that revealed that the elevated lead levels in people’s homes were not isolated incidents but a result of a systemic problem that had been ignored by state scientists. He has since been appointed to a task force to help fix those problems in Flint. In a vote of confidence, residents last month tagged a local landmark with a note to the powers that be: “You want our trust??? We want Va Tech!!!”

But being right in these cases has not made Mr. Edwards happy. Vindicated or not, the professor says his trials over the last decade and a half have cost him friends, professional networks, and thousands of dollars of his own money.

The infrastructural problems go beyond the public utilities of certain American cities, he says. In an interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Edwards said that the systems built to support scientists do not reward moral courage and that the university pipeline contains toxins of its own — which, if ignored, will corrode public faith in science.

 

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