Science for Sale

How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits

About The Book

When Speaker Newt Gingrich greeted Dr. David Lewis in his office overlooking the National Mall, he looked at Dr. Lewis and said: “You know you’re going to be fired for this, don’t you?” “I know,” Dr. Lewis replied, “I just hope to stay out of prison.” Gingrich had just read Dr. Lewis’s commentary in Nature, titled “EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics.” Three years later, and thirty years after Dr. Lewis began working at EPA, he was back in Washington to receive a Science Achievement Award from Administrator Carol Browner for his second article in Nature. By then, EPA had transferred Dr. Lewis to the University of Georgia to await termination—the Agency’s only scientist to ever be lead author on papers published in Nature and Lancet.

The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices. Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work. The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best. This book is about both, beginning with Dr. Lewis’s experience, and ending with the story of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (June 3, 2014)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628738728

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Raves and Reviews

“David Lewis has been a beacon of integrity against the apocalyptical forces of ignorance and greed endeavoring to divert science from the noble pursuit of truth and pervert it into a tool that supports the most destructive policies of industry and government.” —Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“At a time when every aspect of our daily lives is touched by science it must be of concern that segments of the public have lost trust in it and are rejecting well-established scientific facts, such as climate change. While there are many contributing factors, Dr. Lewis turns the spotlight on the role of governments and scientific institutions. His book is certain to provoke discussion and deserves to be considered carefully.” —Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair, Dept. of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol, UK

“David Lewis has been a beacon of integrity against the apocalyptical forces of ignorance and greed endeavoring to divert science from the noble pursuit of truth and pervert it into a tool that supports the most destructive policies of industry and government.” —Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“At a time when every aspect of our daily lives is touched by science it must be of concern that segments of the public have lost trust in it and are rejecting well-established scientific facts, such as climate change. While there are many contributing factors, Dr. Lewis turns the spotlight on the role of governments and scientific institutions. His book is certain to provoke discussion and deserves to be considered carefully.” —Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair, Dept. of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol, UK

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