Monday, September 18, 2006
Do we want to “move away from oil as a building block in plastics, and to make plastics that are environmentally friendly”? Geoffrey Coates is a scientist who is working to achieve both those goals, according to the September/October, 2006 issue of Technology Review magazine.
Mr. Coates was selected in 1999 as one of 35 of the under 35 scientists and technologists whose work ought to be watched. TR, this year, checked back on a couple of those honored in 1999, the first year the honor, named TR35, was bestowed. Mr. Coates has gone a long way since then. Enlarge and read the accompanying article.
Here’s my challenge to the Republican Party and the fundamentalists among them who don’t believe in science. If the empirical methods work which discovered and developed every modern invention and understanding of our universe, why do you trust any modern science or employ any modern invention, yet argue with the same empirical methods which have yielded our current understanding of “natural selection”? In short, is the world really round? Are stars suns? Do you trust airplanes enough to fly in them? Do automobiles actually work? Have you driven one? Would you let your children receive a blood transfusion? How about a heart operation, based in the same biology that discovered evolution? Do you believe that an invisible gas called H2O exists? How about. . . etcetera? That’s right—everything that science uses and has produced in the modern world was brought into existence by empirical methods. Does the empirical method work? Okay! ‘Nough said. Start believing or go back two thousand years and start again. Do not pass GO.