Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Political Realities of Mainstream Science - Richard C. Lewontin

The Political Realities of Mainstream Science - Richard C. Lewontin

The New York Review of Books has book reviews by Richard C. Lewontin


Scientific Integrity in Policymaking: An Investigation into the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists", February 2004, 42 pp.


The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science, a book by Horace Freeland Judson, Harcourt, 463 pp.

Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

See here for list of publications by Lewontin.

Legal and Other Questions about the Presidential Election 2004

Legal and Other Questions about the Presidential Election 2004

For government answers to legal questions about the upcoming Presidential Election see the site of NARA - The Federal Register.

See the


e.g. answers to the following questions:

How did the terms "Elector" and "Electoral College" come into usage?

How does the Electoral College elect the president?

How does the Electoral College process work in my State?

Why do we still have the Electoral College?

What proposals have been made to change the Electoral College system?

How do the 538 electoral votes get divided among the States?

What is the difference between the Winner-Takes-All Rule and Proportional Voting, and which States follow which rule?

Who selects the electors?

What are the qualifications to be an elector?

Must electors vote for the candidate who won their State's popular vote?

Is there an online source listing the names and voting records of presidential electors for all previous presidential elections back to 1789?

Can citizens in U.S. Territories vote for President?

Is my vote for President and Vice President meaningful in the Electoral College system?

How is it possible for the electoral vote to produce a different result than the nation-wide popular vote?

What would happen if two candidates tied in a State's popular vote, or if there was a dispute as to the winner?

The site has an electoral college calculator to calculate the electoral college votes.

There is also a page devoted to Presidential Election links.

One of these links is to Sabato's Crystal Ball, which features an up-to-date CLICKABLE (click on the various States for more info) prediction map of the United States as to how the various States will vote.

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