Monday, April 03, 2006

Nobel Laureate Criticizes Gov't Science Policy

Dr. Eric Kandel won the 2000 Nobel Prize for his work on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. He is comparing effects of todays government science policy to the Eisenhower-McCarthy era when scientists were denied funding for their political views. Except today is worse than the McCarthy era. Dr. Kandel was joined by 62 top US scientists in denouncing the Bush administrations suppression of scientific knowledge.

Noting that it's "a terrible time for science" in the U.S., Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel has compared the effects of government science policy to the Eisenhower-McCarthy era, when scientists were persecuted for their political beliefs.

He goes on to say:

"There's very little funding, there's political censorship about what one does and how one speaks about it," he said. "I think the scientific community is extremely concerned about the future of this country given the restrictions on science at the moment."

The Bush administration has been known to manipulate science to fit its policies.

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