Call for a Presidential Science Debate

Science writer/blogger Chris Mooney at The Intersection and others came up with a good idea that I signed on to — a statement supported by many distinguished scientists, and a bunch of semi-distinguished bloggers:

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we, the undersigned, call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Medicine and Health, and Science and Technology Policy.

For more information, visit the ScienceDebate2008 website. You can also click the button pledging your support. It is a good idea … but something leads me to believe that one side of the political spectrum isn’t that interested in discussing science rationally.


2 Responses to Call for a Presidential Science Debate

  1. Ron says:

    I’ll bet you a dollar that Al Gore will never want to be a part of such a debate – candidate or not.

    Right after the debate would be a good time for him to jump into the race.

  2. Ronald says:

    When examining questions of paranormal, those who have been good at understanding and debunking the methods used are other magicians and not people of science. People of science don’t understand that much of the arguments that have to be made is about influencing people and not just talking about what is true. Scientists may understand that, but they have to know how to explain it to the public better than those who wish to just confuse and sprout doubt where there is none on a subject in science.

    In other words, one of the reasons we don’t have more debates is the global warming deniers just make stuff up. Hard to keep up with that.