We as a people have been fooled into thinking that science and research are set for the common good: that research would be impartial, untainted, and for the betterment of mankind. That money would have no sway in the outcomes or findings that are presented to the public. Unfortunately such is not the case. More and more we are discovering that the companies that are manufacturing products that are harmful to us are the exact same ones stating that everything is just. The sugar companies claiming that fat is the primary problem in our diets and not the sugar, Monsanto claims that Roundup is perfectly safe yet the World Health Organization has officially declared that the primary ingredient glyphosate as a carcinogen in 2018. We continue to be told that everything is okay by the ones with the deepest of pockets.
“We should not need to reminded about the importance of scientific evidence is forming public policy in modern society. But in this day and age of ‘fake news’ and science denialism, we need to be. Sheldon Krimsky notes…studies on the topic of conflicts of interest and science that a scientific establishment dedicated to the pursuit of credible, verifiable knowledge unbiased by political, economic, or personal interests is essential. Otherwise, a society cannot guarantee that its citizens will have access to reliable information that will enable them to make informed political, social, and medical decisions …”
This week Jim welcomes Sheldon Krimsky to the show to discuss these matters. After spending much of his time research the links between paid research and apparent skewed results, Sheldon’s results are staggering. Professor Krimsky’s research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values, and public policy. He is the author of 14 books, over 200 essays and reviews, and co-editor for a number of papers and other publishings.
Professor Krimsky served on the National Institutes of Health’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee from 1978-1981. He was a consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research and to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He participated on a special study panel for the American Civil Liberties Union that formulated a policy on civil liberties and scientific research. Professor Krimsky was the chairperson of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility for the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 1988-1992 and currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics and as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics.
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