To start off 2008, here’s a quote that I feel everyone in Science should take ad notum. The section is taken from the bbgm blog.
“It is very easy for us to believe, as scientists, that science is the be all and end all, and anything that diverges from hard science is not to be taken seriously. However, over the past few years, I have come to realize that such an approach only results in alienation and a barrier between science and society. My mind on the importance of science in society and for our future has not changed one bit. What has changed is how it fits into the fabric of our future. In a world full of inequality and agendas, our conversation with the world, as scientists and scientific thinkers, should focus on making science more accessible. Does that mean we compromise on the quality of our science? Absolutely not, but we should not be naive enough, or perhaps arrogant enough to think that just because we have fact on our side, everyone is going to subscribe to our point of view.”
Very well put ! I have become a fan. I also think these arguments are in line with my thoughts on Dawkins in the previous posts.