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Re: [APD] US is Anti-Science?

Tom W. said, in part,  "I don't understand why the US is becoming so hostile
toward science."

I wonder if it is?  I don't have the numbers, but I'm sure that each year
the government, thanks to the taxpayers, spends more money on basic and
applied research, and I don't hear anybody complaining about that.  Private
industry also spends a lot on science, perhaps more than government.   I
know that people eagerly consume the latest scientific medical breakthroughs
and call for more.  So I don't see much evidence of any "hostility".

What I do see, though, is a hostility to any public manifestation of
religion or religious belief.  I don't care for that, but if some people
want to feel that way that's up to them.  The problem comes about when those
folks, a minority but a vocal one, attempt to force their views on me,
either directly or through lobbying to change public policy.

Science does not explain everything.  Neither does religion.  People who
grow up learning about only one or the other become less than they might
have been.

There are other opinions, of course.  I respect them and I don't try to
change them.


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