Special Report: Scientists Are Participating In 600 Marches Across The Globe In Support Of Science!

April 22, 2017, Scientists across the planet are participating in 600 marches in support of science. My God! How did it come to this? When did we as a progressive society turn against science?

When I was a young boy, everyone wanted to be a scientist or engineer, this was the ultimate and most respected career choice. Only the brightest and the best could actually attain this lofty goal.

I grew up learning about, and looking up to; Einstein, DaVinci, Tesla, Fermi, Newton, Hawking, Darwin, Faraday, Edison, Planck, Faraday, Fermi, Heisenberg, Hertz, Hubble, Oppenheimer,  Sagan, Curie, Bell, Copernicus, Bohr, Pascal, Schrodinger, Meitner, and many, many others.

These are the people who figured out and described the workings of the universe. We studied them in school, we read with wide-eyed wonder their theories, discoveries, trials and tribulations. We never ever questioned their credibility or integrity.

After all, why should we? We learned about the scientific method, which according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as; “Principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses”. Which essentially means that these theories and discoveries have been duplicated by other scientists in order to verify the fundamental truth and verification of the theory.

Considering that I am not a scientist or mathematician, I have to rely on their special expertise and knowledge to verify these fundamental truths about how the physical universe works.

Here is a video of Carl Sagan discussing Einstien’s “Special Theory of Relativity”. All I can say is, BAM! Mic drop!!!

So what the fuck is happening here? Why are thousands of scientists, engineers, educators, science advocates and their supporters suddenly feel the need to have to participate and make their voices heard in over 600 marches across the world on Earth day April 22, 2017?

Supporters of science and research gather for the March for Science protest in Sydney on April 22, 2017.

Why would some of most respected, and brightest minds on the planet who normally quietly work in the background at schools, Universities, laboratories, and the great scientific institutions across the globe suddenly feel compelled to march is solidarity for “science” in this time of great achievement and discovery?

Unfortunately, it’s  because of Donald Trump and his short-sighted war on science. Trump has proposed dramatically slashing the budgets for the EPA  (Environmental Protection Agency) NIH (National Institutes of Health), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), DOE (Department of Energy’) Office of Science. the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and other great Government scientific agencies He even ordered the National Park Service to stop tweeting about climate issues. He’s called climate change a “ Chinese hoax” and he’s even voiced his scepticism about life-saving vaccines.

(From the Huffington Post) “Hell has no fury like a scientist whose integrity is questioned,” Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, told NPR. Her nonprofit helped organize the march in response to the Trump administration. “These folks aren’t making hundreds of millions of dollars. They’re not billionaires. They’re working at government rates so to speak. They are giving their lives to their work and have one thing to hang on to — the truth and their integrity.”

“It’s not just lab people, but everyone from computer programmers to people working on cancer,” she added. “All these people, they’re not happy being called liars.” 

Trump and his Republican minions often deny the existence of climate change with statements like, I am not a scientist but….{insert whatever bullshit comes next here} If you’re not a scientist, who the fuck are you to spew your bullshit nonsense when you don ‘t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about?

Even our founding fathers recognized the value of science.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, known as the Copyright Clause, empowers the United States Congress: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”.

Carl Sagan warned us this would happen twenty years ago. And now it is…

Science is not a partisan issue, science is the fundamental truth that allows us to understand life, the universe and everything in between. Literally, everything you do, everything you touch, and everything you use, was developed by science.

Consider this, way back in the mists of time, someone invented the wheel. Later on, someone built upon that knowledge and invented the horse-drawn wagon. Someone else used this knowledge to invent the bicycle, this knowledge was further built upon and now we have the modern automobile, SUV’s, Trucks, trains, and all the rest. Even now, scientists are building on, and improving these previous technologies, and are now working on autonomous cars and trucks.

I could keep going on and on. Airplanes, jets, rockets, space flight, satellites, and all the rest are all built on the foundations of the scientific discoveries of the past.

When I was a child, all we had were rotary dial, corded telephones. Now we have incredibly sophisticated smartphones which even twenty years ago were only imagined in science fiction novels. Computers, the internet, television, radio, and so much more are the basic foundations of modern society. All this was and everything else are a direct result of science and the incredible men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen. Society as we know it owes an incredible debt to science and the scientists, engineers, and researchers who all worked collectively to make it happen.

If we have any heroes or role models in life, it is all these men and women who think what no one has ever thought before, and because of their work create what has never been created before and dream what no one has ever dreamed before, and actually transform these dreams into reality. Just think about that for a mpoment!

Sometimes, science develops theories, follows the evidence, and discovers inconvenient truths such as the case with climate change being caused by manmade activities, and it has even been accelerating since the industrial revolution.

This is a flashpoint for certain industries, politicians, and segments of the population. They continue to “deny” these basic facts, even though 99.9% of all climate scientists, scientific institutions, and National Academies of Science around the globe have confirmed these assertations and evidence. This is a remarkedly high level of consensus among the scientific community.

What the fuck is wrong with these people? Just because they can’t see something right in front of their face, does not mean that it’s not there.

Here’s a thought experiment.

A. You can’t see air  (Y/N)

By the way, science tells us that our atmosphere is made up of a mixture of nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%), and other gases (1%)

B.  Can you tell with any certainty that air it is there, even though can’t see it. (Y/N)

C.  The moment it’s not, would you know it right away? (Y/N)

Answers: A. Yes, B. Yes, C. Yes

Question C is the most decisive as the moment air suddenly wasn’t there, it would be your last dying thought it wasent., but you would know it with a greater than a 99.9% certainty that it wasn’t there for you to breathe.

Neil Degrasse Tyson put it best when he said, “Thes best thing about science is that it’s still true whether you believe in it or not”

So, instead of denying the science just because it goes against your personal beliefs or economic interests, maybe the smarter thing to do would be to adjust your beliefs to align with scientific reality.

Here’s a fun fact, in 1905 Albert Einstein published his defining work that included the groundbreaking atomic theory with the equations that theorised the atom. This was known as The Special Theory of Relativity, which later lead to his famous work, The General Theory of Relativity.

In 1905 most scientists did not even believe in the atom.  After careful peer review by other scientists using the scientific method, and conducting experiments which would either prove or disprove the existence of the atom, Einstein was proven right. You can’t see atoms, but we know they are there. 99.9% of us now know that this is one of the fundamental truths of the physical world.

I am not a scientist, but I use science every single day. I always try to gain a greater understanding of the world around me. Science is the lens that allows me to understand reality and the physical universe as it “actually is”, and not how I want it, or would believe it to be.

To all the elementary school, high school and university science teachers and professors, to all the scientists, engineers, researchers, doctors, chemists, physicists, climate scientists, geologists, and to all those of every other scientific discipline, I want to say on behalf of the vast majority of human beings on the planet who believe in science I’m sorry that your credibility and integrity in the work you do every day would ever even be questioned.
I find it absurd and an embarrassment as a thinking human being that scientists, engineers, Doctors, researchers, and science supporters would even feel the need to to have to turn out in the tens of thousands in an estimated 600 marches across the globe in support of science.
i also want to say thank you for the important work that you do day in and day out often for little money or having to fight for grant money to advance your great work. without science, we would be nothing more than a primitive society of hunter-gatherers.
I believe in science, and I still look up to you with the greatest respect and admiration for all you great men and women who have chosen the noblest of all professions.
thank you, thank you, thank you, for the work you do and the sacrifices and thrill of discovery you make every day.  because of you, the world is a better place.
I wish I was a scientist!
Sincerely,
Tom Dye, “The Science Guy”

I leave you with one final thought…

 

As Always,

I am…..

Thomas Dyson

 

This is an original essay by Thomas Dyson, I support all the Scientists, Researchers, Engineers, Doctors, and everyone else who work to tirelessly every day to understand and define the mysteries of the universe and ultimately make the world a better place.

I believe in science!