Saturday began with more announcements from Hal Bidlack, moving quickly to an introduction of the first speaker, Dr. Bob Park of the American Physical Society. Dr. Park is well known for his weekly column, What's New.
|Dr. Bob Park: Sentry On The Walls|
Dr. Park began his talk by noting the 1993 Daubert decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which effectively appointed judges as gatekeepers for permitting or excluding the testimony of scientific experts. The ruling calls for admitting only testimony that is both relevant and reliable. While this ruling has been out for over a decade, it is only recently that its benefits are really starting to have an effect, according to Dr. Park.
For the rest of his talk, Dr. Park presented his seven warning signs of "voodoo" science: