Fund Science! Everything you take for granted depends on science to exist.
How many science deniers does it take to destroy a government? One. If he’s the President who hires twenty more for his cabinet of corporate plunderers who are now in charge of the richest and most influential organization in America: The United States Government.
This post started with a question, as many of my posts seem to:
Did Representative Mick Mulvaney, who was recently selected as the Trump administration’s nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, once posed the question “Do we really need government-funded research at all?” on Facebook?
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Then I was challenged by reading the comments section of this post on Facebook and overwhelmingly the response was a general lack of interest in science, seeing no reason American tax dollars should be spent unnecessarily on science. They felt it was more important to save those dollars and allow research to take place in the private sector.
To those people I say this:
The first person who says science isn’t important, needs to give up everything they own and be dropped into the Amazon jungle for a year, without access to Human contact. You people obviously don’t respect your science enough.
Science is all around you. Every decision you make is influenced by science, whether you know it or not. It drives me crazy to see people saying the government shouldn’t fund scientific research. Publicly-funded research
This very specious argument is taking place because of such research. Government-funded science is what is allowing this conversation to take place and allowing for stupid people in the comments to voice their unnecessarily lazy arguments into the ether. Look it up. It was called DARPA.
No, let me Google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=DARPA
People who have the temerity ask if we should be funding science are the same people who have benefited from clean water through purification, sanitation from technology used to render those materials in a less toxic form keeping us from poisoning water around our major cities, fresh foods from refrigeration, roads from the creation of advanced materials, safer homes from fires due to fire-retardant materials, not to mention the numerous technologies used in the maintenance of their health including X-rays, medical care, surgery, antibiotics, and modern dental care.
Yes, dental care: you take it for granted without understanding what hell your life is without teeth and that before we understood how teeth and bacteria worked, most people would be missing half their teeth by the time they were thirty-five, suffering heart attacks from gingivitis and other medical challenges related to teeth.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.
You fucktards who want to put the scientific research of our world in the hands of unscrupulous men who would hoard their advances doling them out keeping the masses unable to have choices because science has become part of a limited resource provider. Just like wealth. Unregulated corporations strip mine the populace taking what they want or need without any concern for rules or laws since they have all be defanged behind the scenes by politicians who are in bed with big corporations.
Oh wait. That is exactly why he wants to do this. Remove research from the hands of the government, and thus in the hands of the people, when research is done outside the government, it can be overpriced, modified, controlled, limited in some way and there would be no choices for the people, thus forced to pay the most for everything.
For people who benefit from science in thousands (hell, millions) of ways in every aspect of their lives, you would think there would be more trust in science and what it can do for us. How science deniers get to even open their mouths in the midst of a Utopia created by the scientific method boggles my mind.
As far as I am concerned, unlike religion, science proves itself, proves it value, again and again, every time you do anything and it works with a predictable result. No wondering if your TV is going to come on because you didn’t pray hard enough this week.
Stop talking about science as if it doesn’t matter. As if it doesn’t change anything. As if the next time you’re gonna see any science is when the local wizard comes to town and shoots up some magical fireworks. Stop acting like you have to believe in science for it to work. We’re soaking in it. Stop acting like scientists can’t possibly be right just because you don’t understand it.
Read a book. You might learn something. Try Wikipedia if you don’t want to leave your home, or climb from under your bridge.
Not believing in science is like not believing in air.
You don’t have to believe in it. Spend a few years without any and you will understand just how much you needed it and took it for granted.
Your gonna miss that toothbrush. And TP. You’re gonna miss the hell out of it. No worries. With your breath, no one is going to get close enough to shake your hand anyway…
Despite his legendary physical strength and iron constitution, George Washington’s failing teeth were a source of regular suffering. At age 24, Washington recorded in his diary that he paid 5 shillings to a “Doctr Watson” who removed one of his teeth. Letters and diary entries later in his life make regular reference to aching teeth, lost teeth, inflamed gums, ill-fitting dentures, and a host of other dental miseries. Payments to dentists and purchases of toothbrushes, teeth scrapers, denture files, toothache medication, and cleaning solutions are also regularly present in Washington’s communications throughout his life.
Thaddeus Howze is a writer, essayist, author and professional storyteller for mysterious beings who exist in non-Euclidean realms beyond our understanding. You can follow him on Twitter or support his writings on Patreon.