Sunday, March 2, 2014
Fund science (thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson)
The wisest statement I read this week is a singularly compelling and important point that astrophysicist & public intellectual Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in an interview in the current issue of Wired magazine:
"...at least in America, science has been treated sort of cavalierly, not only by the public but also by government. The idea that science is just some luxury that you'll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself. Innovations in science and technology are the engines of the 21st-century economy; if you care about the wealth and health of your nation tomorrow, then you'd better rethink how you allocate taxes to fund science. The federal budget needs to recognize this."
For more in this vein by deGrasse Tyson, click here.