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There is a movement underway to goad the presidential candidates into a debate on science policy. Given that so many of our issues today involve science, it is only fair that the voters get to hear candidate's views on science and science priorities. Visit the Science debate 2008 web site for more information and about how you can get involved.www.sciencedebate2008.com


David Lignell 10 years, 6 months ago

This is an interesting movement, Paul. Of course, I am supportive of legislation that protects further empirical research, but not of those proposals that mix and muddy church doctrine with state dogma. IMO, true science has inherent ethical and moral standards separate from a pontiff's edict or a politician's ego.

malehrman 10 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if inviting anti-science candidates (any candidate that supports teaching anything other than evolution in science classes) legitimizes their views. If I were a science teacher, I wouldn't want someone talking about creationism or intelligent design anywhere near a debate about science policy.

Paul Decelles 10 years, 6 months ago

I disagree, If a candidate has an anti-science point of view-and several come to mind, then I want to know about it. IMHO some one who thinks the Earth is 10,000 years old, or supports teaching creationism in science classes (or anywhere else except as a quaint intellectual curiosity) does not have a firm enough grasp on how the world works to be a leader in today's civilization.

Likewise if a candidate has some sort of mystical romanticized environmental world view I want to know about that too. Sometimes the "good guys" argue from faulty premises as well.

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