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  • By Sarah Whitlock
    PITTSBURGH – I meet science skeptics everywhere.
    Buses, planes, supermarkets — all are packed with people eager to share their doubts that GMOs are safe and that climate change is real, even m […]

    • Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I fear we are entering a time when our own present day science and technology qualifies. Not the technology of some advanced alien civilization, not that of our far future, but today’s earthly every day technology.
      With a population that cannot tell science based on fact from magic, small wonder that magic aka pseudo-science is believed in as much as real science!

    • People always fear what they don’t understand. I would suggest, therefore, there must be an awful lot Donald Trump doesn’t understand. Especially when it comes to science and technology.

      Hence he has gone into denial by surrounding himself with those he hopes know even less than him. Although we are talking about science here I suspect his ignorance will branch into all other areas of government including economics, security and foreign policy.

      There is absolutely no chance of him becoming educated enough to properly discharge the office of POTUS. This may play out in a manner where he has to give up. Or does something so daft he ends up being removed from office.

      As I’ve said before, I just hope he doesn’t drag everyone else down with him.

    • The problem is that scientists are low level. Above you, there is a boss that has no interest in science and just wants a product to make a profit. News agency are also vulture who hunt for bad news. If you have bad news, they want to publish it.
      As for the boss, he shouldn’t be there. It is the research scientist that should be the boss.

      I have the same situation at work. We do technical support. We do the hard and nasty work. Above us, there is the manager who’s job is to “manage”. He interviews and hires. Checks your job. But how can you evaluate someone when you have no technology background?

    • Tim Smith #3
      Jan 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      People always fear what they don’t understand. I would suggest, therefore, there must be an awful lot Donald Trump doesn’t understand. Especially when it comes to science and technology.

      Hence he has gone into denial by surrounding himself with those he hopes know even less than him. Although we are talking about science here I suspect his ignorance will branch into all other areas of government including economics, security and foreign policy.

      I think events are proving you to be spot-on!

      In this immigration ban fiasco, if Trump had done any basic homework or had any understanding of the laws on immigration, he would have known that visa and green-card holders HAD been thoroughly vetted (sometimes with years of delays for investigations), and he would also have known which countries were sources of terrorists, rather than randomly picking of the citizens of countries whose governments the US does not like!

      The notion that “extreme vetting”, can be done in a last minute stops at airports is just ignorant stupidity!

      If he had any competence as a president, he would not be sacking legal officials for giving legal advice he did not like to hear, – and might even be seeking wider consultation on operational matters!

      His yes-men spouting PR rubbish about “protecting US citizens”, simply illustrates their disingenuous or incompetent approach, which is unable to distinguish ideological objectives, from competent effective actions!