February 1, 2008

Sciencedebate 2008 continues to grow!

An incredible list of signees have joined in to support ScienceDebate 2008.

So what is this all about?

Its a movement to get the presidential candidates to have a debate centering around the Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.

As we know, science is at the forefront of our lives not only in technology and medical care, but now the growing concern for the health of our planet deserves this type of attention. I hope everyone can add their name to those agreeing to this initiative. I'll give you a few examples of those supporting this initiative.

Nobel laureates: Peter Agre, David Baltimore, Eugene Butcher, Val Fitch, Wolfgang Ketterle, David Politzer.

Institutions: Cal Poly, Duke, Columbia, Stanford

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Dean said...

I agree. Despite the mounting interest in and concern about global warming, among other topics, the media has largely ignored these stories. Now, whether that is due to the media corporations dumbing down the population with mountains of drivel about Ms. Spears, OJ, and Paris in order to distract us from their pilfering of our economy, or the result of those same corporations buying into the Bush/neocon doctrine of reality-editing and fact-denying, the point is, these are important stories, about important issues, and the public needs to hear them, for the sake of the republic and the planet.

And the best way to get those mediacorps to deliver these stories? Play to their weaknesses. They want to be celebrity driven? Ok, then we need to get celebrities advocating for reality-based assessments and progressive solutions.

The celebrities who garner the greatest and most consistent media coverage? The candidates. So not only are these people in the most effective position to do some real good on these fronts, but they are also in the best position to alter the dialog in this country. The only way to overcome the media blackout on the realities of GW, stem cell research, etc, is to bring these issues to the forefront of the collective mind, and Barack, Hillary, John, Mit, Mike, and Ron are the most obvious agents capable of doing so. Even if the rethuglican candidates spend the whole conference denying global warming exists and claiming that using stem cells to sure diseases is murder, at least they will be addressing the issues. And that might be all we need.

Long winded way of saying, I agree.