Avoiding Conflict of Interest
The House of Representatives recently tried passing a bill about the composition of the Science Advisory Board (SAB), which provides scientific advice to the EPA Administrator that states:
Board members may not participate in advisory activities that directly or indirectly involve review or evaluation of their own work.Some people have a problem with that. It might keep scientists from testifying about cutting-edge research. On the other hand, cutting-edge research tends to be unreliable. It takes a while for research to be properly checked.
This bill may help limit one of the most dangerous types of conflict of interest in scientific advice: scientists in love with their theories. It might even help limit the conflict of interest first noted in Genesis 41:33:
Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.