Posts in category Politics

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 […]

Why We are Marching For Science, An Unfortunately Necessa...

Why We are Marching For Science, An Unfortunately Necessary Clarification (Updated)

Updated with new information 17/04-2017 On April the 22nd we will be sending a representative to Washington DC to march for science. The point is to let the new government know that we will not stand for scientific censorship, and to bring public awareness to scientific issues. Scientific Literacy Matters is very serious about equality […]

Hostile Work Conditions at NASA

The above post is from one of the rogue government accounts that have popped up since the new administration started censoring scientists. It’s truly disheartening to see scientists treated like this in a country that is supposed to have freedom of speech. If you work at NASA or with NASA and have a story to […]

Bill Passes Arizona Senate: Raises serious concerns about...

Bill Passes Arizona Senate: Raises serious concerns about first amendment.

If you believe in the right to organize in peaceful protest like we do here at SLM, you understand that no movement is supposed to be defined by it’s bad apples.

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Carl Sagan the astronomer known for being probably the worlds best science popularizer had as you might expect quite a lot to say about the issue of scientific literacy. In fact the book Demon Haunted World is almost exclusively about scientific literacy and the issue of pseudoscience and why we believe in it. I have […]