Tue Jun 28th, 2005 at 01:06:30 AM EST
I am a scientist. I have a PhD in Geology and a lot of experience in both academia and industry. I currently work for a major international cooperative science program, the IODP, which is focused on deep ocean drilling for climatological, tectonic, earthquake hazard, and biological/evolutionary basic research purposes. Side benefits include the potential for discovering new medicines and new sources of energy.
We rely on science - academic and industrial - to make the things we use, to understand the world we live in so that we can survive as a culture and as a species.
The decisions we make as a culture have results that are often contingent upon our grasp of reality - real data, real facts, real results.
The following article at Chris Mooney's web site should be ringing even more alarm bells than are already ringing.