Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body Politic

I quote from an article by Cornelia Dean in the New York Times of August 8:
When asked to name a scientist, Americans are stumped. In one recent survey, the top choice, at 47 percent, was Einstein, who has been dead since 1955, and the next, at 23 percent, was “I don’t know.” In another survey, only 4 percent of respondents could name a living scientist.
Now several groups are trying to promote more scientific literacy and to encourage scientists and engineers to speak out in public debates and even run for public office. These include:

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