philip j. cook

Of course scientists make mistaken claims all the time; the beauty of the scientific process is that when there is an open inquiry on important topics, mistakes are ultimately exposed and corrected, and a scientific consensus is achieved. The belief in that self-correcting scientific process underlies the hope for evidence-based policy. That hope may be misplaced when the scientific process is entwined with the process of political advocacy, where findings are in effect evaluated by whose purposes are served.

Philip J. Cook (2013)