We’ve heard the expression “Figures don’t lie, but lies figure“. We can start with a lie, then contort figures to justify our lies. Same is true for science. Science can be twisted, contorted, and massaged to validate whatever we believe.
The link below will take you to a recent article printed in Food Safety News, authored by James H. Hodges, Exec. VP of the American Meat Institute. Mr. Hodges’ beliefs about “science”, coupled with responses from readers, provides an educational insight into how folks can use their own version of “science” to produce diametrically opposing conclusions. One aspect frequently overlooked in defining “science” is that common sense will always have a place at the scientific table, even when a government bureaucracy precludes incorporating common sense in such discussions.