I had a engrossing evening at a Science Online Seattle where we discussed issues of identity and digital “stuff” left after your death (more on that soon). But during drinks after, I remembered the idea of sending a copy of The Geek Manifesto to every member of Congress. Folks in Britain have sent copies to all of their Parliament. Our legislative body varies widely in their understanding of science and evidence. Why don’t we do that here?
A few days ago, I asked Mark Henderson if he knew if anyone was organizing this already and he said he doesn’t know. So who’s with me? This isn’t about convincing politicians of any particular policy position. It’s about convincing them of the importance and power of treating science as a way to make good decisions. Since it’s election season, I think it’s a good time to tell Congress we’re watching how they use and abuse science — and provide them with good reasons to make better use it.