It's long been one of our core principles around here that science, practiced with a full embrace of its core values of openness and service, and leavened with a dash of precaution, is one of the most important drivers of our ability to change the world for the better, and that the openness of science is part of the same societal commitment to openness in general that powers democracy, collaborative culture and transparency in politics, law and commerce.
In other words, if we wish to save the planet, we must deal with the scientific realities of living on that planet and the democratic realities of living with one another. Now it appears that we have a U.S. administration that understands this simple truth.
Here's one of the best small, free ways I can think of for America to signal that change: restore NASA's mission statement of service.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Putting science back to work
Ask Obama to Restore NASA's Home Planet Mission