I noted the other day that I’d gone to the Wilmington, NC edition of the March for Science. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge supporter of good science, and my degree is in Biology. Science is not a body of knowledge, it’s a process. It’s a way of knowing what is actually true. In fact it’s the *only* way humans have ever devised of knowing what is actually true. Other so-called “ways of knowing” might tell a person about how they subjectively experience the universe, perhaps, in some ways, but only science can discern what is objectively factual about the universe. Science is important.
…and science is under attack every single day from those who wish what is objectively factual would go away. The most recent and arguably most dangerous attacks on science in a century or more are coming from the current U.S. political arena, and the March for Science was one very public way for those of us who support science to stand up and #RESIST. I was excited and proud to participate.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say here about science and standing up to the troglodytes who attack it, but for now here are some of my favorite shots from that day.
The three women standing at the podium here were the organizers and driving force behind the March for Science, Wilmington edition.
Eastern Screech Owl. I don’t not take pictures of owls. Ever.
Great Horned Owl.
Mad scientists are mad.
Facts are facts, and we ignore them at our own peril. They do not depend on your belief system, your religion, or your political affiliation. The earth is warming. We are causing it. It’s going to get worse. It’s going to devastate the lives of billions of people. Legislating away the science will not change the reality.
I am always a sucker for science-geek humor.
The universe does not give a shit what you or I want to be true. The universe is, and the universe does what the universe does. Ignoring the laws of physics does not make them go away.
Yes. She. Fucking. Did.
The scientific method is the checks-and-balances system for determining what is true, vs. what we want to be true.
At the end of the day, this is the take home message. There is no Planet B. Let’s stop fucking this one up.
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