What's really disturbing, though, is that the various distillations of this ten-minute ceremony have been so inconsistent. The BBC (embedding forbidden) chose to include the bit about the scientific process; the AP, however, chose to include the bit about the false dichotomy between science and values. That says far too much about "news values."
09 March 2009
Hope After Ignorance
at 19:02 [UTC8]
There's a lot going on at the moment, including bronchitis (thus the recent silence here frog has my throat, not cat had my tongue). Today's main story, though, is simple: We have a resident of the White House who can actually spell "scientific method." We haven't had that since 1980 (Clinton was a lot better at lip service than at allowing science to inform, let alone influence, his policy preferences), and that was at best a secondary effect from an engineer's passing acquaintance with science.