Posts in category Politics

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

I travel a lot, and during my travels I have encountered many places where astronomy is a central part of tourism. Especially in the United States, in almost every state you can visit at least one observatory.   Public observatories like Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, or Lowell observatory in Flagstaff dedicate themselves to being […]

Internet Access as a Human Rights Issue

Internet Access as a Human Rights Issue

Is Internet access a human right? Many people and organizations seem to think so. In July and August 2012 the Internet Society conducted online interviews of more than 10,000 Internet users in 20 countries. In response to the statement “Access to the Internet should be considered a basic human right”: 83% responded that they somewhat […]

Why We Founded Scientific Literacy Matters

Why We Founded Scientific Literacy Matters

In short we founded SLM (Scientific Literacy Matters) to promote a more reasonable way of thinking in society. It’s been shown time, and time again, that most things ailing humanity comes from ignorance or misinformation. War, poverty, oppression; all things that stem from misconceptions.

We Still Need to Stand up for Science!

We Still Need to Stand up for Science!

This is a friendly reminder that we still need to stand up for science! We attended the March for Science in Washington DC (read our coverage). It was a good way to bring the public’s eyes towards the issues that threaten to undermine science.

Should The Public Be Trusted With Dangerous Information?

Should The Public Be Trusted With Dangerous Information?

Can the public be trusted with dangerous knowledge? This might seem like a silly question to ask in the age of the internet where just about everything is already available to the public. However, it’s an important issue that is still highly debated. I recently saw a documentary called American Anarchist which features ‘The Anarchist […]

EU Court of Justice Rules: “No Evidence Needed to S...

EU Court of Justice Rules: “No Evidence Needed to Sue for Vaccine Injuries”

All of Europe might have just taken a massive blow to science, health and common sense. The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that scientific evidence plays no role in “vaccine injury” cases. Defining its mission as consumer protection, the CJEU said Europeans ought to be able to sue manufacturers, “excluding any method […]

The Right To Repair: A Scientific Literacy Issue

The Right To Repair: A Scientific Literacy Issue

The right to repair is and has been threatened for a long time. Unfortunately the bad guys are winning this fight. Suddenly we find ourselves in a time where repairing your broken car, phone or computer seems outright unrealistic. Devices are deliberately being engineered to be hard to repair, so only the manufacturers themselves can […]

Swedish Government Guilty of False Advertising

Swedish Government Guilty of False Advertising

In Sweden the government is responsible for selling all alcohol, through a chain of stores called “Systembolaget”. Recently signs have popped up in these stores urging people to buy organic products, for the sake of the environment. A lovely sentiment to be sure, but are their good intentions based on reality? This was interesting to […]

Happy World Press Freedom Day?

Happy World Press Freedom Day?

Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico Today is the ‘World Press Freedom day”, a day meant to celebrate the right to report on facts to the public without governmental intervention. And indeed many countries have freedom of press laws. Freedom of press is generally improving over time. But at the same time there is no lack […]

The National March for Science

My journey started in Indianapolis International Airport, time 0500, waiting at the gate, for my flight with United Airlines (or not). My name was called by the gate attendant, “we’re still looking for passenger, Lavine.” Oh what could it be? As it turns out, I received an upgrade to First Class. Not that it made […]