Science Progress Now Live

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A new voice has been added to America's science policy debate. Its title combines two of my favorite words, Science Progress. It is being published by the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Citing in part editor Jonathan Moreno's introduction:

…at the risk of invoking a hackneyed reference to spirituality, we also believe that science occupies an exalted dimension, that the growth of reliable knowledge is in effect an expansion of consciousness. Science may not be the only path to a greater grasp of reality, but it makes a unique contribution to enhanced understanding of the cosmos and our place within it. To distort the process of inquiry amounts therefore to a narrowing of vision, a corruption of imagination, and a threat to our freedom as beings endowed with intellect.

It would be disingenuous to deny that the trigger for Science Progress is the sense among many that in recent years the respect for evidence and the spirit of open inquiry has been threatened for the sake of short-term political advantage. But the larger issue is the long-term national interest, which depends on the best evidence that only science can provide for commercial innovation, economic growth, military defense and the best possible array of intelligence options.

In the 21st century, more than ever, it is no exaggeration to assert that only free and rigorous inquiry and not authoritarian dogma can provide the reliable information required for our physical survival. Perhaps most important, progress in science is essential for a continued sense of our national purpose as participants in an historic experiment in freedom and self-governance, as one people joined by a common future rather than a common past, a future we cherish for the sake of the generations of Americans to come.

The goal of Science Progress is to help identify and realize the elements of that boundless American future. We hope this goal is manifest in our statement of mission:

Science Progress proceeds from the propositions that scientific inquiry is among the finest expressions of human excellence, that it is a crucial source of human flourishing, a critical engine of economic growth, and must be dedicated to the common good. Scientific inquiry entails global responsibilities. It should lead to a more equitable, safer, and healthier future for all of humankind (emphasis his).

Check out Science Progress here.

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  1. Nice mission statement, right up to …

    …and must be dedicated to the common good. Scientific inquiry entails global responsibilities. It should lead to a more equitable, safer, and healthier future for all of humankind.

    Why do they have to throw that communist shit in? Jeebus.

  2. That’s great, but this post could be even better if Reason would follow its promotions of the SPLC and CAP with highlighting MMFA’s new genetics magazine (*).

    Or, perhaps they could disintermediate and just promote Hillary directly.

    Here’s an example of a highly-flawed (to say the least) CAP “study”. Looking into their other issues is left as an exercise.

    (*) Guess the reference!

  3. (*) Guess the reference!

    No thanks!

  4. It is being published by the left-leaning…

    And this is good for scientific inquiry, how exactly?

  5. So are they reviving Eugenics?

  6. So are they reviving Eugenics?

    God, I hope so! High IQ babies YEAH!

  7. A science magazine with a politicized mission statement? Check. An excessively romantic view of of science and technology (…we also believe that science occupies an exalted dimension, that the growth of reliable knowledge is in effect an expansion of consciousness.)? Check. Likely to be as rigid and dogmatic and unscientific in it world view as the people they’re complaining about? Absolutely.

  8. Special hint for special libertarians: the reference is to a person’s name which has since become a term; it’s a take-off on combining the science theme with MMFA’s near-Stalinist practices.

  9. Did somebody recently revive a cryogenically frozen Bertrand Russell in time to lead us to the technocratic utopia – the only way, as I’m sure you know, we can save ourselves from “Global Warming”?

  10. Do you know what non-toxic pesticides are?

    If they are non-toxic how they gonna kill the creepy crawlers?

  11. Next thing you know they will be promoting dry water so people don’t have to come in out of the rain.

  12. Hi all: Nowadays science and policy often intersect (collide?) so a new magazine focusing on that intersection will necessarily discuss politics and policy. The important point is that science should not distorted by politics (think intelligent design, abstinence education) when discussing and devising public policy.

    As for non-toxic pesticides, DDT is basically non-toxic to people.

  13. Ron,

    The important point is that science should not distorted by politics (think intelligent design, abstinence education) when discussing and devising public policy.

    Okay, I’ll buy that. However, it directly contradicts the mission statement of CAP.

    Scientific inquiry entails global responsibilities. It should lead to a more equitable, safer, and healthier future for all of humankind

    Global responsibilities? More equitable? Nope, no politics there. When the mission statement is this heavily politicized, I don’t have much hope for objective science coming out as a result.

  14. Hi all: Nowadays science and policy often intersect (collide?) so a new magazine focusing on that intersection will necessarily discuss politics and policy.

    Perhaps. More likely is that the politics will corrupt the science and then that will be presented as the Absolute Truth?.

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