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Adam Yurkewicz | USLHC | USA

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The Trampling of Ignorance

On March 9, Barack Obama signed the Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity.

Nataraja
The memo basically says:

  • Candidates for science positions should be selected based on the candidate’s knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity
  • Scientific information considered in policy decisions should be subject to peer review
  • Scientific findings should be made available to the public

You probably won’t be surprised that as a scientist I think this is fantastic. Hopefully, this change in attitude towards science by the federal government helps improve the attitude towards science in our society overall. I think that we can only solve many of today’s problems by relying on a scientific approach.
This statement, along with the recently passed stimulus and budget bills seem to indicate the start of a period where we are investing heavily again in basic research. Time and time again, this has been shown to be a great use of resources.

The sculpture in the photo is just outside my office. The Nataraja is trampling a dwarf that represents ignorance. Scientific research is an organized fight against our ignorance of the universe. Let’s make trampling ignorance our goal.

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