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Dave Levitan, science journalist, spoke on December 10, 2017 at the Philadelphia Ethical Society about “Truth and Consequences: Good Science, Bad Politics.”
As long as the government is involved in legislating and regulating scientific topics, some of our elected officials will try to mislead us on those topics to further their agenda. Hear about some of the techniques they use to do so, as well as how some of those scientific topics—from climate change to vaccines—can affect our everyday lives. How can we, the public, better understand how science is misused by politicians, and what can we do
Dave Levitan is a science journalist, whose work has appeared at a variety of publications including the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Slate, and many others. He writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on the intersection of science and politics, as well as climate change, energy, biomedical research, and more. His book, Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, was released in 2017.
Find more Platforms from Philadelphia Ethical Society here.
The American Ethical Union has passed a resolution--Defending the Right to Vote--to "stand up for a democracy that protects our values and our constitutional right to cast our vote." The words of the resolution are contained in the graphic as a reminder of the importance of protecting this precious right. You can also read the resolution at aeu.org/resource/2019-defending-the-right-to-vote/. Please do read it.
The resolution cites many concerns about ways in which our right to vote is being eroded and why it needs to be defended and then points to multiple ways to defend it. Certainly we need to exercise our right to vote at every opportunity, but we also need to work together to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can get registered and have convenient access to the ballot.
Where to begin? Anywhere. When to start? Now. What to do? Everything you can.
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