Wisdom is truncated by the chemistry of the adviser and advisee. The president has available an awesome armament of potential sources of science advice if he feels the need for advice. Let’s see: there's the science adviser and his apparatus in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

There is President’s Science Advisor Council or the White House Science Council equivalent (roughly). There is the National Science Foundation Director and the entire NSF with its manifold infinity of panels and boards. Occasionally, other departments contain science (e.g., Energy Research in the Department of Energy, the Director of the Division of Research and Engineering of the Department of Defense, and the (Defense Science Board). There is, for a small fee, the National Academy of Sciences and, through it, practically any scientist in the nation who has published two and a half refereed articles.

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