20 December 2008
Obama’s youtube address this week focused on his views on science in the US and his picks for his science advisors and administrators. I highly recommend watching the whole address – after the last 8 years, it’s therapeutic to hear the president elect talk about science as if it’s one of the US’s greatest assets and not just an institution standing in the way of political ambitions. Here’s my favorite part:
Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States – and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.
Man, that’s refreshing. Here’s the video, and a full transcript over at Daily Kos.