Posts in category Politics

How We Got To Where We Are

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When I look around I see poverty, destruction of nature, inequality.  I see a celebration of ignorance and apathy.  I’d like to believe that we Americans are a reasonable species of beings, that we are a people who desire to educate ourselves, to think critically, to be willing to suspend deeply held beliefs that may […]

Robots in workplace ‘could create double the jobs they de...

I’ve been saying this myself for years. One job is replaced by a robot, that requires a whole team to maintain. This means not only that the amount of jobs isn’t going to drastically decrease, but that the jobs that remain are more high end and better paid. Businesses save money replacing workers with robots, […]

Electric Cars Are Actually Terrible for the Environment!

Electric Cars Are Actually Terrible for the Environment!

You have surely seen this headline before. Maybe you read the article, maybe you just sighed and moved on. 

Scientific Literacy Isn’t just Knowing Science Fact...

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  This post relates a lot to the above quote. When people think of scientific literacy it makes sense that they think it’s general scientific knowledge and understanding. But scientific literacy has to do with things that may be traced back to science, but isn’t technically scientific knowledge. Examples include; understanding how to use technology, […]

The War on Drugs Is a War on People

The War on Drugs Is a War on People

This an important message from one of the main founders of SLM, Matt Bump, which has had a terrible fate thrust upon him by a combination of unfortunate circumstances and broken policies. Please take a moment to read this and let us know what you think of the issue. The War on Drugs Is a […]

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 […]