A change for US science

With less than a month to go until we see a change in leadership of the US, President-elect Barack Obama has made an address about his views of science. It sounds quite promising. He has even appointed some good scientists to some top jobs. Have a listen.

Barack Obama, surprisingly for a politician in the early 21st century, seems to understand what science is about. My favourite part of that speech is:

"Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources; it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us."

Now that makes a pleasant change.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 21st Dec 2008 (16:23 GMT) | Permalink
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