sincere apologies for post length and some cross-posting here. Defense: both compelled by science.
This post is to alert & invite all science enthusiasts to join the March for Science taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 - in 514 cities in the US and all over the world. The organizers have posted an interactive map of March for Science locations (where you can also register if inclined):
There are 40 marches planned in California alone. Here is a link to the March for Science from 9-4pm in Pershing Square Park on April 22, 2017 in Los Angeles:
**To all who have questions about the Goals of the March for Science:
please find the NON-PARTISAN GOALS of the March according to organizers & AAAS (Association for the Advancement of Science) summarized below and stated fully in provided links:
1) put a human face on scientists (most of us are far from what anyone could describe as elitists! AAAS page stating previous: http://www.aaas.org)
2) celebrate science (cool stuff persons w/non-science & science training can get enthused about)
3) unite as a DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN group in defense of robustly funded & communicated science as a pillar of human prosperity
4) support quality science that political leaders can confidently rely on to enact evidence-based policies in the greatest public interest
#2-4 above are stated goals enumerated on the March for Science homepage: https://www.marchforscience.com
**To all those who have questions about WHO WILL and WHO SHOULD attend the March for Science:
This is NOT an ideological, one-issue march on climate change or a referendum on the Trump administration.
This is a march for anyone/everyone:
grateful for the polio vaccine & penicillin;
who wants a robot butler;
concerned about Zika;
who wonders about life on other planets;
In these already very lean times, budget cuts to programs that fund scientific research could jeopardize all we have achieved and the tremendous amount of work we’ve yet to do. Please join us if you don’t want to see that happen.
OUR BEST HOPE is that the DIVERSITY of participants & ENTHUSIASM for science on display at the April 22nd Marches is CATCHING and motivates policy makers with DISSIMILAR viewpoints to COME TOGETHER in support of our COMMMON human interests that can be advanced by well-funded & amply communicated research. In the US, such studies are funded, reviewed, and/or conducted by NIH, DOE, NOAA, NASA- all of which are undergoing budget cuts and drastic priority & administration changes (http://www.nature.com/news/us-science-agencies-face-deep-cuts-in-trump-budget-1.21652). Similarly, US agencies that review the ‘weight of evidence’ generated by independent scientists (less money, fewer & less biased studies) and stakeholders (conglomerates, product defense firms, more numerous & more biased studies) are also shrinking and undergoing administrative & priority changes. This trend is leading many to question whether agencies like the EPA, FDA, & USGS might be less able to apprehend scientific consensus, and whether the policies these agencies shape might not best protect human interests (example of funding source skewing research outcome: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0162198).
Please Join Us this Saturday.
Ps. If you’re able, please make a sign celebrating some great societal boon brought to us by science.
While it may be tempting for some to craft negative signage re current political trends, AAAS/Science Magazine is recommending that our signs champion science in a non-partisan, non-personal manner. Plenty of examples online. Most signs I have seen are comical takes on matters we need people to reflect on deeply. For instance, “Remember Polio? I don’t! Science-based policies save lives!” etc. Science advocates won’t win any arguments with overtly partisan signs. Also, fair or not, debates are often won by the side that gets the most laughs. Even debates as serious as this one.
Sign examples from an earlier Science March in Boston:
Sign examples featured by AAAS (login required to view past first article page):
I’m hoping this is why we have a slow day on the forum. Because everyone is out marching for science!
I’m home sick but I paced the room several times.
I hope you took some homeopathic remedy.
“Depleted state budgets are unable to sustain higher education and scientific research in the face of so many other demands on public funds. Sequestration of federal funding has been most brutal and cruel in suddenly kicking out the supports of scientific research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund 1357 fewer research grants this year, funding the lowest number of grants for biomedical research in a decade.”
-2013 The Collapse of Science, Not Housing, Ended the American Dream
We can predict the future of the U.S. by looking at cutbacks to research now.
Tyson suggests that those who understand science the least are the people who are rising to power and denying it the loudest.
“That is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy,” he said.
Inadequate funding will slow science and weaken our economy and our military.
quote: “The doctors have said that even if it is in breach of tradition ethical standards of psychiatry, it was necessary to break their silence on the matter because they feared “too much is at stake”.
It is not the first time Mr Trump’s mental health has been called into question. In February, Duty to Warn, which consists of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, signed an open letter warning that his mental state “makes him incapable of serving safely as president”.
The letter warned that the President’s tendency to “distort reality” to fit his “personal myth of greatness” and attack those who challenge him with facts was likely to increase in a position of power.”
I just watched a television news report about the many Marches for Science that were held today. What a positive and impressive message. Well done!