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In a good cause: for science! [Dec. 11th, 2016|11:17 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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I suspect that everyone who reads this blog knows that science is a strong and passionate interest of mine. Science! Because it works! Science! Because it’s built to incorporate new information when new information is available, and to provide tools for making it available! Science! Well. I don’t think you’re the people who need convincing.


But there are people who need convincing, because our president-elect has just been making noise about “nobody knows” whether climate change is real. Oh, sure, nobody except a vast consensus of scientists and a still more vast consensus of scientists whose fields are relevant to it. And the people who listen to them and read their papers and look at data. But other than that, nobody.


It’s a really good time to support science with a public face. Science playing a role in civic affairs. Science trying to shake us all by the shoulders and say “LISTEN UP BUDDY THIS IS SERIOUS.” This is why this week’s charity Union of Concerned Scientists. http://www.ucsusa.org/ Tons of scientists doing tons of work in a democratic society, towards a democratic society. Worth the time and attention. Go. Support. For science.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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From: diatryma
2016-12-12 05:35 am (UTC)
A good friend of mine works for the National Center for Science Education and runs a *lot* of workshops and demos on climate change and its effects, aimed at kids and communities. Her end of the organization also gives grants to schools for science education, often for more basic stuff than you might expect from a well-off district.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2016-12-12 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: timprov
2016-12-12 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know, anthropogenic climate change requires a whole host of important things we don't really have any evidence for, like free will and linear time.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2016-12-12 06:55 pm (UTC)
Science is about approximations, after all.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2016-12-13 03:29 am (UTC)
That reminds me I've been meaning to suggest this book that I think you'd be likely to enjoy: I Contain Multitudes, by Ed Yong. It's a book about microbes for the lay person. I haven't finished it yet, but I've been enjoying it a lot.

(Perhaps you have already read it, and said so in a book post? I've been off LJ a lot recently, so I wouldn't have noticed if you have talked about it.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2016-12-13 03:33 am (UTC)
I have not read it! I will look. Thank you.
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