The Rightful Place of Science?
In his inaugural address Obama promised to restore science to its “rightful place.” What did he mean by this? Maybe it was simply a way of distancing himself from the Bush Administration, declaring an end to the “Republican War on Science” (as the Daily Show’s John Oliver has joked, the one war we were actually winning).
But on reflection, such a politically compelling statement starts to seem substantively quite ambiguous. And that’s exactly what we’re going to explore next week at a event that picks up where Obama left off. CSPO’s “Rightful Place of Science?” conference asks “How can we understand this provocative formulation in the context of the complexity, uncertainty, and political, social and cultural diversity that mark our world?”
If you can’t make it out to Tempe for this rollicking good time, a number of us will be summarizing and sharing thoughts from our discussions through a special conference website, so tune in and join the conversation!