Fact vs Belief…Science Under Attack

HHS has made a recent decision for the CDC to eliminate 7 words (or phrases), from any future budget documentation, the first of which is due out in Feb 2018.  (click here for info) This is nothing more than a direct assault on science.  Yet we hear companies screaming for more workers with STEM educations.

The seven words are as follows:

  • diversity
  • fetus
  • transgender
  • vulnerable
  • entitlement
  • science-based
  • evidence-based

And the worst part is that the U.S. is endangering our future and world presence by science deniers who use fear and ignorance to make themselves feel relevant because they feel threatened by innovation, knowledge and curiosity.  This is supported by a recent speech given by the preeminent physicist of our age, Neil deGrasse Tyson.  (click here for info)

How many of the worlds great writers have warned us of ignorance.  From Dickens, (“A Christmas Carol”: “The boy is ignorance, the girl is want.”), to Ray Bradbury, (“Farenheit 451”), ““You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”—Ray Bradbury, The Seattle Times 

This is yet another attack on Science by an ideological faction of an Administration that seeks to suppress knowledge, thought, science and education in an effort to re-write a narrative that defines a belief that is not true, but that they wish to be true.

Science is how we understand the world and the universe around us.  It is not the “enemy”.  We cannot “Make America Great Again”, when we do not have the skills to compete with other nations, (like China), who value knowledge through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM), as the means of growth and prosperity.

This is yet another reason I have taken a pledge to support “science fact” not “false belief” when it comes to legislation.  (click here for previous post)

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