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Jonas Salk

Developer of Polio Vaccine

Why do I see things differently from the way other people see them? Why do I pursue the questions that I pursue, even if others regard them as, as they say, "controversial?" Which merely means that they have a difference of opinion. They see things differently. I am interested both in nature and in the human side of nature, and how the two can be brought together, and effective in a useful way.
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Barry Scheck

Co-Founder, Innocence Project

It was quite an extraordinary it is sort of a landmark case. Because what happened, we did a six-month evidentiary hearing. There were Nobel Prize winners on the prosecution side, we had all these great scientists. And by the end of the hearing, Eric wrote an article about it in Nature. But what happened is he got the prosecution scientists to agree with our scientists about the data and they conceded. They wrote a joint statement at the end of the hearing that you couldn't match the fragments, you couldn't make an adequate statement about their significance, and called on the National Academy of Sciences to convene a panel immediately to help with the transfer of this technology from medical and research purposes to the forensic arena. And that was really a great and extraordinary development. That's really how we began. So we knew immediately that DNA would prove a lot of people innocent.
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Barry Scheck

Co-Founder, Innocence Project

Barry Scheck: I feel, and my colleague Peter Neufeld and everybody that works on the Innocence Project in New York and in the other projects across the country, we feel we are involved in an international human rights movement. Because it has been established now in the United Kingdom, Norway, Israel, China, people are trying to start -- well, Taiwan -- trying to start an Innocence Project. They are very interested in -- mainland China as well -- in this whole issue, and they have delegations over to look at it. But I think that it's an essential human right. No matter what kind of a system you have, whether it's adversarial or inquisitional, there has to be a mechanism in place for people to be able to prove after an adjudication that they really didn't commit the crime. And we've had problems in the American criminal justice system being able to get back into court to prove innocence. And we now have established that far more innocent people are convicted than anybody ever really thought. It was really a necessary fiction to believe that we have an infallible system, but it certainly isn't, and there is no good reason to believe it is infallible. Indeed, I think a law student should say, what's really great about the Innocence Project is not simply that you're able to save a life or the lives of family members of the wrongfully incarcerated and the wrongfully convicted.
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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

I truly believe the artist must be an intellectual. Painting is a renaissance activity. In a way, it shouldn't even be happening, and yet I say that tongue in cheek. Painting today is probably even more important than ever before, but the artist really must have something to say, about whatever subject, because every subject is a cliché. We all are so sophisticated, and especially visually. We've seen thousands of apples, or women, or cats, or dogs, and so the challenge to the painter is great to still come up with something different. And yet, it's more than just an intellectual or aesthetic kind of game. It goes right to the core. Because the two things that every society has had from the beginning is, of course, religion and art.
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