1 year ago
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
How Awesome Science Is
And why should anyone who works in Science, or has a family member or friend works in Science, and who is capable of rational thought, support any of the fundamentalist Republican candidates? Or Ron Paul who would de-fund and dismantle the NIH, CDC, NOAA, NASA, EPA, and FDA, just to name a few? But sadly, most American citizens are so poorly educated in science that they have little to no understanding of it, and fear it. 46% of Americans think that the Earth is only 6000 years old (yet they still use microwave ovens, computers, ipods, fly on airlines, get x-rays or CAT or PET or MRI scans, and sometimes even wear sun screen - all of which are intrinsically tied to the speed of light and the 2nd law of thermodynamics, which quick creationists strongly contend).
So the last "hope" for a rational Republican candidate who respects and trusts Science is gone. I wish that guaranteed that Obama would win in November, but this is the same electorate who re-elected W. The same electorate who inordinately believes that Iraq was involved in 9-11. The same electorate who enjoys 98% of television programming that I cannot stomach... so my "hope reserves" are dwindling. I want to believe that it "will all be OK", but the feeling of dread continues to build. I think I'm going to have to take November 7th off, and spend time appreciating the Arizona wilderness with a long hike, or reading the Journals SCIENCE and NATURE (both of which we now receive in our home).