20 Apr '17, 9pm

Attacks on science threaten all of us

Attacks on science threaten all of us

The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016, “post-truth,” may as well be repeated for 2017. Science and truth are under siege all around us. High-level decision makers in the United States are casting doubt on scientific understanding, defending false information and making decisions in the absence of evidence. This weekend, thousands will join the March for Science in Washington, D.C. and sister cities all over the world. They will march because the alternative to making decisions based on evidence is making decisions based on emotions and political motives, which can lead to dangerous outcomes. They will march because the Trump administration is proposing to defund critical scientific research programs, which sound decision-making depends upon. They will march because too many Americans – 70 percent – cannot name a living scientist. They will march because facts u...

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