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Sheldon Whitehouse

Trump is waging a war on science

Trump is waging a war on science

Whether you are a scientist or not, you can't dismiss the rigorous way scientists attempt to establish truth. We observe and ask questions based on what we see, including whether the observation is really happening. We make educated guesses about the answers and then have a rigorous method of testing to see if our answers are correct.

After our own testing, to ensure that all is done well and the information we have obtained is valid, it undergoes another rigorous process known as peer review before our data are published in a reputable scientific journal. In peer review, anywhere from a half dozen to a dozen scientists who are experts in the same field review the information in the...