AITSE is now closed. However, it was a consortium of scientists, engineers and physicians working with professionals from other disciplines to improve science education and encourage scientific integrity. We offered clear, reliable and balanced education with the goal of liberating science and technology from ideology, politics and the restrictions of consensus. Our programs advanced honest, ethical and beneficial scientific progress that is responsive to the real needs of present and future generations. Our website has been left up as a service to others who are interested in integrity in science.
Good science: Based on impartial evaluation of evidence, not mere consensus.
This intentionally short phrase does need a little bit of unpacking. Science is not just evidence, but also interpretation of that evidence—and many scientists together—a consensus—decide the value of the interpretation. However, it is important for people to realize that the system does have inherent problems. For example, some scientists fail to distinguish between interpretation of data and speculation about or extrapolation from data (which can be and often is inaccurate). Others are so desperate for their papers to fit with the consensus views that they ignore or bury inconsistent data. After all, what a scientist reports will affect whether they get grants, tenure and are published. Even though most scientists are genuine people sincerely seeking advances in their area of science, they are human: subject to the same temptations, errors in judgment, and even deliberate close-mindedness as the rest of us.
Dr. Crocker, the AITSE founder and former president, has experience as a medical research scientist working on grants from pharmaceutical companies, a professor working with students, an expelled scientist, and just a citizen. She knows that when data are not favorable to the company funding the work, some companies use a confidentiality clause to prevent publication. She has seen numerous students cheat in their classes—undergraduates, postgraduates, and medical students, and is aware that many professors do not report or even discourage this practice. A more intentional breach of scientific integrity is also active in the schools, namely the suppression of information that might allow students to critically assess the evidence for politically-charged science, such as evolution and climate change.
AITSE was a consortium of scientists, engineers, physicians and professionals from other disciplines working together to improve science education and increase awareness about the need for more scientific integrity. Experience has shown that, for example, companies hiding problems with a medication end up with more financial problems than those who don’t. Similarly, students that cheat regularly usually fail in the end. Suppressed information seems to find a way of becoming known one way or another. Therefore, AITSE’s goal was to offer clear, reliable, and balanced science education with the goal of liberating science and technology from ideology, politics, and the illusion that consensus views are as reliable as many people believe them to be. We also sought to advance honest, ethical, and beneficial scientific progress and give people accurate information and the tools to assess scientific claims for themselves.
American Institute for Technology and Science Education was a national educational organization working on behalf of all Americans to reinvigorate both academia and the scientific enterprise with a new sense of responsibility for ensuring that the values like integrity and the freedom to discuss and explore issues are not being compromised. Removing avenues of exploration in science causes us to be sitting ducks for those who would pretend that only certain consensus views point us in the right direction. The absence of academic integrity can be a significant source in the creation of dishonest students, who may become dishonest scientists, physicians and engineers. Our goal with AITSE was to help reverse this trend by improving science education and increasing scientific integrity at all levels: elementary and high school, college, and industry. Freedom cannot exist in the absence of choice and choice requires allowing people to explore their options—and being informed about what they are. That means educators must be free to teach and scientists must be free to question.
In December 2004, Dr Crocker was disciplined for teaching evolution in a scientifically balanced and impartial manner. In May of 2005 she lost that job and, having been public about her scientific issues with neo-Darwinism, she found herself blacklisted from employment as a researcher or professor and began work in the nonprofit sector. Having spent considerable time in scientific research and teaching, Dr. Crocker realized that the root issue undergirding many of our societal problems is lack of scientific integrity.
Dr. Cocker realized that the robust health, economic success and religious freedom that our nation enjoys are under threat—and lack of good science, based on evidence instead of mere consensus, is a root cause. Political, financial, and ideological motivations lead to publication and promotion of inaccurate data, endangering our health and well-being. Many Americans are losing confidence in the arrogant claims of so-called “experts.” The scientific and technological innovation for which the USA is famous in the global marketplace is being stifled by the currently enforced conformity to scientific consensus. Ideologically motivated slanting of presentation of scientific data leads to erroneous and unfounded conclusions about religious questions.
In order to address these issues at their core, AITSE incorporated in the state of California in January of 2009 and was granted nonprofit status later that year. Since then many highly qualified scientists, engineers, physicians and other professionals have joined our team. AITSE is also working with sister organizations in promotion of scientific integrity and accurate education. We believe that by working in cooperation, not competition, we can make a real difference.
In the summer of 2013, Dr. Crocker, AITSE’s founder and former president, changed jobs and the AITSE board decided that AITSE had accomplished its purpose. It was closed in October, 2013.
What is the purpose of AITSE? American Institute for Technology and Science Education is a consortium of scientists, engineers, physicians and other professionals who are working together to improve science education and increase scientific integrity. Our goal is to offer clear, reliable, and balanced science education in order to free science and technology from ideology, politics, and the heavy emphasis on consensus. To facilitate honest, ethical and beneficial scientific progress, we are working to increase scientific integrity through education at every age and in every stage of the scientific process. (links to “about section)
What is the mission of AITSE? We are a consortium of scientists, engineers, physicians and professionals from other disciplines working together to improve science education and increase scientific integrity, thereby instigating a new era of scientific discovery. We offer clear, reliable, and balanced education with the goal of liberating science and technology from ideology, politics and the restrictions of consensus. Our programs advance honest, ethical, and beneficial scientific progress that is responsive to the real needs of present and future generations.
Why does AITSE believe it is so important to support non-consensus views in science? The uncomfortable fact is that the refusal to give voice to valid but unpopular scientific viewpoints, which amounts to a lack of scientific integrity, is a root cause of our declining health, wealth and religious freedom as a nation. Research is detrimentally affected by the faulty knowledge that results from blind spots, bias and inaccuracy in evaluation of data. This can then lead to dead-end work, lost revenue, and endangerment of public health and well-being. The current practice of hijacking of science in support of political, financial and ideological initiatives is also a contributing factor in our sliding competitiveness in the global marketplace; after all, people who are restricted in their thinking and questioning or misled by biased interpretation of data inevitably lose some of their innovative edge; the scientific and technological originality for which the USA is famous is being stifled by the unwillingness of many science practitioners to allow fair presentation of competing views and research. This practice of using the trusted brand of “science” in support of questionable business practices, particular ideological views and political agendas needs to stop.
What areas of science and technology do AITSE’s fellows cover? As of 2010, AITSE members include both theoretical and applied scientists from many disciplines: ecology, mathematics, biochemistry, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, paleontology, electrical engineering, quantum physics, astrophysics, immunology, cell biology, chemistry, computer software design, and more. Interviews of all these PhD and MD scientists are in progress. In addition, we are continuously recruiting highly qualified people to help us reach our goal of supporting good science, based on rational and data-supported explanations and not just consensus interpretations.
Does AITSE subscribe to a particular religion? No, American Institute for Technology and Science Education is not a religious organization, nor do we promote a particular religion. However, we openly admit that many of our members belong to two of the monotheistic religions: Christianity and Judaism. Our experience, and that of others, is that science and religion both involve the search for truth and are not at all incompatible, provided of course that the science is based on rational and evidence-supported explanations and not just consensus interpretations.
What is AITSE’s view on evolution/intelligent design/creation/theistic evolution? AITSE believes that good science allows non-consensus, science-based, views to be considered. Therefore, in our monthly newsletters we provide input from highly qualified scientists and AITSE members who hold a variety of opinions on this subject and support them with science, not the demands of consensus. That way, the reader can make up their own mind. AITSE also openly acknowledges that this question has religious implications and that many people base their opinions on faith as well as science. Since religion and science are both searches for truth, one would expect that ultimately, the same conclusion would be reached. However, since both science and philosophy are works in progress, it may be that such certainty is not possible at the moment—and we can live with that.
What is AITSE’s view on global warming? AITSE believes that good science allows non-consensus, science-based, views to be considered. Therefore, in our monthly newsletters we provide input from highly qualified scientists and AITSE members who hold different opinions on this subject and support them with science, not demands of consensus. That way, the reader can make up their own mind. AITSE also openly acknowledges that this question has political and financial implications, but feels it vital that ALL rational and data supported explanations should be considered.
What are the primary goals of AITSE?
-Be a nationally recognized organization that functions as a consortium of scientists, engineers, scholars, technology experts, students and interested laypeople, a hub of interrelated activity, a professional marketplace for ideas and cooperation.
-Serve as a forum for advancing sound technological and scientific discovery with an eye on responsible and useful implementation, designed to bring positive social and cultural impact, improved health and increased environmental wellbeing.
-Translate and summarize relevant scholarly work into the language of the people, developing interest and encouraging the expansion of scientific knowledge and understanding among students of all ages and the general public.
-Encourage scientific integrity, sound technology and balanced science education in schools, universities, and industry.
-Encourage and equip young people to pursue careers in technology and science.
-Work to remove the obstacles that limit the inclusion and advancement of women, minorities, and people of faith from pursuing advanced education and degrees in technology, science and medicine; and careers in related fields.