On the scientists march on DC

As a scientifically-minded person, I think that it's important to let people know that there is no real science behind a lot of the legislation in this country, or it is hostile to science. Scientists aren't making shit up just to hurt capitalism. Sure, there are trends and fads, and there's a replication crisis, but if done properly, science works.

There are rifts that need to be healed. I think the main one is "science vs. religion". I don't know why or when religious literalism became a thing, but it's probably the #1 cause of making science a partisan issue. People actually believe that the earth is 6000 years old. That's a problem.

Catholics, at least, have an established bureaucracy that can tell followers "hey, this stuff is allegorical". But there are some protestant sects that believe that science is satan trying to deceive us. Again, I don't know where this came from, but cooler heads need to prevail, somehow. Science and religion can absolutely peacefully coexist and produce some beautiful things together.

Overall I think that a scientists march on DC would get news coverage and make some people feel good. But it would also polarize people, and we're already too damn polarized.

I want to start a movement called "degauss America" to depolarize the country.

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