Since Democrats have control of Congress, it raises the question of what happens to science now.
Mooney raised some interesting points. Which I was struggling to write down on a notecard with a pen that was running out of ink. But I got some of it…
- Hearings are the first step. Democrats have the ability to subpoena. They have to use it to call the Bush administration out on their poor science and figure out where mistakes were made, by whom, and why.
- Restore the Office of Science and Technology Policy to a place of prominence (or something like that).
- Passing “Scientific Integrity” legislation such as that proposed by Representative Henry Waxman)
- Democrats can’t make the same mistakes. Such as before the 2004 elections, when John Edwards said, “If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” Umm… we’re not even close to that yet. Stem cell research is only in preliminary stages.
Mooney also talked about how scientists must take a role in fixing the poor science education we have in this country. They have to reach out to non-science-minded people and take an active role in shaping public understanding.
The other highlight of the night was meeting Jessa Crispin of Bookslut.com.
Woo! I met two of Wired Magazine’s 2005 10 Sexiest Geeks! My life is complete now.
(Personal aside: Emily and Charles, it was great meeting you both!)
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