Scientific evidence becomes politically fashionable again

Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the Earth

ONE of the stranger beliefs of some politicians is that if they treat nature like a troublesome opponent and ignore it, it might go away and stop bothering them. In the opinion of many scientists George Bush, America’s retiring president, was just such a politician. It would be one thing, for example, to argue that it is too expensive to stop climate change and that adapting to such change is a better course of action. It is quite another, as White House ... Full Story »

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Jan. 10, 2009

This is an interesting and well written article comparing the present administrations positions on science and the Obama appointments of scientist.

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Walter Cox
4.1
by Walter Cox - Jan. 10, 2009

An excellent article that highlights philosophical differences between the outgoing Bush administration and Obama's developing team. One particularly offensive Bush policy is highlighted--forbidding Surgeon General Carmona from issuing statements of any kind on key health issues that crossed ideological lines. No one will miss this sort of anti-intellectual high-handedness.

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Marsha Iverson
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by Marsha Iverson - Jan. 10, 2009

Thorough inventory of Bush Administration's penchant for ignoring and suppressing science when inconvenient or disagreeable, elaborated by listing the specialties and research expertise of new Obama appointments and nominees to head critical agencies.

While I don't advocate unfettered use of "science" as an excuse for unacceptable viewpoints or policies ("genetic purity," or meticulously noted experiments with, say, torture), I do firmly believe that it is better to ground policy in fact, to discover accurate answers to significant questions, and learn to adjust policies and priorities based on demonstrable evidence. Perhaps a return to respect for science will lead to better science education, and restore the US capacity for ... More »

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Peter Barnett
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by Peter Barnett - Jan. 10, 2009

Its a good analysis of the value placed on scientific evidence by the Bush administration.

Economics v Environment - In this two horse race where would you put your money?

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George Blahusiak
1.0
by George Blahusiak - Jan. 10, 2009

A politician appoints other politicians to decide what to do. Read what Plato said. "There will be no peace until kings become philosophers or philosophers become kings." At that time to be a philosopher meant to be a scientist. All these very emminent scientists and we still have problems? That's the real problem, not global warming

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William Hughes-Games
4.0
by William Hughes-Games - Jan. 11, 2009

Reporting it the way it is (I hope)

President Obama has to create this transformation in a country in which some 40% of its citizens believe that the world was created some 6000 years ago by a bearded chap in a nighty that lives in the sky. Good luck to him.

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Norman Rogers
1.1
by Norman Rogers - Jan. 10, 2009

This story is incredibly simple minded. As if scientists are not political and as if Bush did not listen to scientists. Bush did not listen to extremists, like John Holdren or James Hansen. Now the foxes are in the chicken coop - but guess what - nothing will be done that is different than Bush other than talk. CO2 control would result in extremely high gas prices and the defeat of Obama in the next election. Embryonic stem cell is a dead issue because there are other sources of stem cells. Of course Obama will supress science that indicates men are better at math or that gays are not genetically programmed.

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