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Monday, December 10, 2007

You Want the Presidency? Let’s Talk Some Science.

posted by on December 10 at 16:25 PM

Climate change. Dwindling fresh water. Mass extinctions. Tightening energy supplies. Strangling NIH budget. Stem cell research.

All sound pretty important, right? How about an entire presidential candidate debate devoted to science? A group of prominent scientists and citizens are demanding just that:

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.

I’m in. You should be too. Voice your support.

I’m sure the Republican party—the “intellectual” party fresh off the brown people are scary youtube debate—will be all too willing to participate.

(Thanks to Arstechnica.)

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But didn't you know? Everything we need to know about science we can discover in the Bible.

Posted by Greg | December 10, 2007 4:44 PM

You mean like turning water into whines?

Yeah, the Republics will be good at that one.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 10, 2007 5:08 PM

Greg, don't you actually believe that?

Posted by bible thumper | December 10, 2007 5:30 PM

I think it would be good for a laugh or three to see any of the candidates, much less the Republican ones, debate about science or science policy.

Las time I looked, Hillary was the only one who had anything about science policy on her website. The others either don't care or don't fucking get it. This country is going to be left in the dust if we don't start making some real investment in research in all fields, and you can take that to the bank.

Posted by Tlazolteotl | December 10, 2007 9:35 PM

when your country and it's resources implode, please don't come up here and ransack canada.

Posted by ams | December 11, 2007 1:10 AM

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