We’ve started to make science and empirical evidence not nearly as important as punditry–people using p.r.-speak to push a corporate or political agenda. I think we need to turn scientists back into the rock stars they are.
I find this quote so refreshing (not just because it places us scientists up on a lofty pedestal), because it validates scientific authority figures as someone worth listening to. For a long time, I sat idly by as governmental agencies such as the FDA, EPA, CDC etc eroded the credibility of scientists. Dismissing the believers in global warming as alarmists, proponents of stem cell therapy as immoral and over-optimistic, laughing at those who might dare suggest that cannabis could pose some therapeutic role. The position of this administration (and of the US government in general) is to promote the science that fits the paradigm, and dismiss the science that challenges it.
THIS IS A FATAL FLAW OF CREATIONISM!
I hate to see the laws and policies that direct the lives of US citizens, and the science which may better our lives, fall prey to such an insidious and backwards application of science. At the risk of sounding like we should all bow down to Science ad naseum, successful societies which have progressed and maintained their progress valued the input of experts. These people are not politicians.
But, as a democracy, the onus is on “we the people” to choose who we listen to, and who are placed in positions to influence decisions. In my opinion, this requires an educated public, a nation which is science-literate, and the cessation of the idiotic struggle between progress and a science-phobic religious culture in America.