Robin Vander Wall
Thank you, Jeremy. If I have a future opportunity to speak to the issue, I think I will say “accepted” data. While a study from the 1940’s might have demonstrated important support, the Court was clearly looking for something more recent. Plus, in the 1940’s, however accurate the sampling may have been, statistics as a tool for scientific analysis was still in its infancy. Statistics wasn’t even widely taught in the United States until mid-century, and when it first rolled out in the 1920’s (I think it was first offered as a degree at NC State, actually), it was considered a sort of voodoo science. And I did not say there was “no” research. I said there was not a lot of research. And that’s an accurate statement.