The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Whitehouse Speaks on Necessity of Scientist-Advocates

No, not that Whitehouse, this one:


via Why Sharks Matter on Southern Fried Science.

The link leads on to three nice related articles, of which this one is my favorite. John Fleck will probably like it too, since it mentions John as exceptional, something I agree with.

It argues against the Pielkian point of view,
Ultimately, politicians are useful [to conservation] because only they can make the important policy changes required to make the conservation movement’s goals a reality. However, they won’t do this unless there is overwhelming support from the public- the kind of support that merely publishing papers and speaking at conferences cannot possibly generate.
as does Senator Whitehouse:


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