People will march for science on April 22, with Idaho marches planned for Boise, Moscow, Idaho Falls and Pocatello. I am a little unsure of what marching for science means. The articles I have read about the march acknowledge four to 21 issues, depending on the author.
What I want to support are certain attitudes that are necessary to both successful science and successful democracy — facing facts; the ability to acknowledge uncertainty and personal ignorance, to look for information and answers; the willingness to listen to and work to understand the ideas of others, especially when they conflict with your own; and transparency in decision-making processes that will let others understand what has been done.
Therefore, what I expect of both state and federal legislators is:
1. When you need answers, look to the scientists who study the issue for information. Do not refuse to listen if you don’t like their conclusions.
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2. Fund research where it would help solve problems. Do not ignore problems and blame a lack of information.
3. Require the results of government-funded research be publicly available to the extent that national security allows.
4. Support science education based on scientific consensus.
Stephen Martin, Blackfoot