Record number of scientists running for office in 2018

By Julia Manchester

At least 200 individuals with backgrounds in science, math, engineering and technology have launched bids for state House seats across the country, according to HuffPost.

The number marks the largest number of scientists to run for office in modern history.

The PAC 314 Action told the outlet that the candidates were running in elections for 7,000 state legislature seats.

“The sheer number is really astonishing,” the group’s founder, Shaughnessy Naughton, told the outlet.

The PAC’s membership expanded from 4,000 to 400,000 in 2017. 

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  1. I hope this is the beginning of a more general recognition of science (and

    education) as the only hope for the continuance of civilisation, such as it is.

    Scientists in government are sorely needed here in the UK, where organised

    superstition underlies Conservative party policies and agendas. The promotion of

    divisive state ‘faith’ schools, self-serving economic ideologies, the involvement of

    ethic-negating corporate power in state regulated bodies…, all of these overseen by

    a cabinet which lacks any understanding of what enabled the startlingly rapid

    growth of the nation in the first place.

    I have heard the witless Michael Gove described as a Tory intellectual! Their

    average IQ seems unlikely to be high. His successor at the Department for

    Education, Nicky Morgan, was asked by a schoolchild “what is the cube root of

    125?” She didn’t know and couldn’t work it out.

  2. I see battle lines being drawn between people who know stuff and people who own stuff.

    We need an ever more educated populace to make the obviously better call.

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