Science versus White Nationalism

People of good faith are reeling over the loss of three lives in Charlottesville, Virginia this last weekend. These deaths were brought about intentionally and unintentionally by a gathering of white nationalists/supremacists whose goal it was to protest the taking down of the statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee under the banner of “unite…

Science and Healthy Democracy

Reflections and Prologue What follows is a transcript of my speech delivered at the March for Science – Greensboro on Saturday April 22, 2017.  This may be one of the best speeches I have ever given but unfortunately few people heard it.  In some sense, we the Organizing Committee must take responsibility for that, particularly…

Now We All Move: Why People of Faith Should Be Marching for Science

“And yet it moves…” Like so many phrases that are attributed to historical figures, we have no evidence that Galileo Galilei (1564—1642) actually said this. What we do know is that Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition in 1615.  Ironically, the Copernican world view heliocentrism (that the sun is at the center of the…

General invitation to scientists

Dear Colleagues, As a member of the coordinating committee for March for Science (Greensboro) I would like to extend each of you a personal invitation to join us on April 22nd, 2017 as we march to inform the public concerning the crucial importance of supporting both the scientific method of reasoning and enterprise for the…