Friday, October 06, 2006
"Today a group of scientists and concerned citizens launch a new organization, Scientists and Engineers for America, dedicated to electing public officials who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy.Hmmm. Very interesting, eh? What do you think? What is the probability that a group of people, even a group of scientists, will speak honestly about science, or anything else, after forming a political interest group?
The principal role of the science and technology community is to advance human understanding. But there are times when this is not enough. Scientists and engineers have a right, indeed an obligation, to enter the political debate when the nation’s leaders systematically ignore scientific evidence and analysis, put ideological interests ahead of scientific truths, suppress valid scientific evidence and harass and threaten scientists for speaking honestly about their research."
I think I detect "bootleggers" here. Who are the "baptists" that are going to join in their cause?