Monday, March 9, 2009

Who Will Shield Us From Science?

Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics

thus reads the headline over at the Washington Post

the first paragraph seems to continue this train of thought..

When President Obama lifts restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research today, he will also issue a presidential memorandum aimed at insulating scientific decisions across the federal government from political influence, officials said yesterday.

And I think to myself, would that it were true. Then we could have both sides of the so-called global warming argument. We might hear of the hundreds of other scientists who doubt its cause or its existence and thus save ourselves the billions of dollars proposed to fight this windmill.

Or perhaps we would hear that there is not one scientific study that conclusively indicates that anyone is "born" a homosexual. and then I wake up...

The second paragraph goes on:

"The president believes that it's particularly important to sign this memorandum so that we can put science and technology back at the heart of pursuing a broad range of national goals," Melody C. Barnes, director of Obama's Domestic Policy Council, told reporters during a telephone briefing yesterday. ..

Who makes those national goals? The government. Science and technology are firmly ensconced in pursuing national (political) goals and will always do so when offered money (grants) to do so.

And then I went back to the headline: Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics

And I wonder, who will shield us from science?

Excellent article over at And Sometimes Tea about this. Stop in and have a read.

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