Is forensics really a science?
|June 12, 2014||Posted by News under Peer review, News|
Slate writer thinks not:
How could forensic evidence, widely seen as factual and unbiased, nearly send an innocent person to his death? The answer is profoundly disturbing—and suggests that for every Earl Washington freed, untold more are sent to their deaths. Far from an infallible science, forensics is a decades-long experiment in which undertrained lab workers jettison the scientific method in favor of speedy results that fit prosecutors’ hunches. No one knows exactly how many people have been wrongly imprisoned—or executed—due to flawed forensics. But the number, most experts agree, is horrifyingly high. The most respected scientific organization in the country has revealed how deeply, fundamentally unscientific forensics is. A complete overhaul of our evidence analysis is desperately needed. Without it, the number of falsely convicted will only keep growing.
This is becoming a disturbing pattern.
So these problems don’t plague only “social science”which (along with gossip) we can pay attention to or not. Here is another disturbing story that maybe didn’t get the attention it deserved. If people can lose their lives or liberty over these “science” claims, maybe more of us should take what is going wrong more seriously.
A materialist project is failing again, but then the question is, how many will die as a result?
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