Scientists Start Standing Up

February 20, 2017

Just the tiniest warm up for something, much, much, larger.
Stay tuned. #Sciencemarch

Washington Post:

Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy.

“We did not politicize science,” said Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard science historian who spoke at the rally, which unfolded on a surprisingly warm February day that left the square filled with mud puddles from the melt of a recent blizzard. “We did not start this fight.”

“Our colleagues who have been attacked have not been attacked because they did something wrong,” Oreskes continued. “They have been attacked because they did something right” — namely, producing information that proved politically inconvenient.

This timing — along with the science-intensive community in an area that features Harvard, MIT and numerous other universities — probably helped to ensure a good part of the turnout.

“I feel that we’re in this public relations battle right now, and we need to recast our work as scientists, not as dispassionate data junkies, but as people that care about the world around us,” said Beka Economopoulos, one of the march organizers, who is with the Natural History Museum.


2 Responses to “Scientists Start Standing Up”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    I am a Canadian citizen who watched Canadian scientists gagged by business-friendly conservatives between 2006 and 2015. Many scientists were fired (over 2,000 IIRC) and many documents were destroyed with the primary excuses being “we’re saving tax-payer money” and “all this stuff is online anyway (which was a lie)”. The biggest mistake Canadian citizens made was sticking with their political tribes rather than publicly supporting the scientists (most who are apolitical anyway). There is no such thing as liberal science or conservative science. There is only science.

    Americans should review the history of the German NAZI party between 1932 and 1945. Those idiots referred to “Quantum Mechanics” as “Jewish Science” then began expelling Jewish academics from German universities before they developed their so-called “final solution” (a plan of Jewish extermination). Many Jewish scientists, including Albert Einstein, were able to migrate to more science-friendly countries which are now much better off because of those scientists. I only mention this because the phrase “liberal science” is just as stupid as “Jewish science” -AND- politics can make people behave irrationally.

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    “What Do We Want?”
    “A Time Machine!!”
    “When Do We Want It?”
    “Er, well, I mean, its a time machine, so. Whenever…”

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