Why Americans Don't Elect Scientists
"Scientifically literate government leaders who push for evidence-based policies and demonstrate a scientific outlook are needed more than glib panderers with attitude."
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Many foreign governments have more scientists at the helm that the United States. The President and Premier of China are both engineers; Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has a PhD in chemistry; the last national election in Singapore was a contest between two mathematics graduates. "Among the 435 members of the House, for example, there are one physicist, one chemist and one microbiologist." Is it because strictly scientific conclusions are often at odds with religious and cultural beliefs? If true, is that a good enough excuse?
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Why are all sides of a "debate" treated equally in the US? Think of the entertainers whose statements about vaccines were taken as equal to those of biologists, or industry lobbyists who get as much credit as climate scientists. "Often too interested in politics as entertainment, the media is complicit in keeping such 'controversies' running," says John Paulos, professor of mathematics at Temple University. What America needs most, he says, are more politicians who offer evidence-based politics and less pandering and attitude.
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Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
There is no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.
I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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