Scientific Literacy

Mayor scolded for suggesting citizens educate themselves before making important decisions

Mayor scolded for suggesting citizens educate themselves before making important decisions

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa recently addressed the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that invalidated the GMO-moratorium that was passed by a slim margin of county voters in November of 2014. He questioned whether the SHAKA group that authored the initiative received competent legal advice, given the fairly obvious and numerous […]

Sense about Chemicals

Sense about Chemicals

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold hearings next week in Honolulu on three cases related to attempts by Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties to further regulate or ban farming with genetically engineered crops. The ordinance from Kauai and the initiative from Maui were as much about the fear of pesticides as they […]

Four Billion Years of Genetically Modified Organisms

Four Billion Years of Genetically Modified Organisms

 “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are […]

The War on Science

The War on Science

It is not hard to notice that denialism of science is on the rise. Despite the ever increasing contributions to human progress through scientific discovery and application, it now seems more fashionable than ever to reject well documented findings and theories: CLIMATE CHANGE does not exist EVOLUTION never happened THE MOON LANDING was fake VACCINATIONS […]

Making Our Way Forward

Making Our Way Forward

Critical thinking is needed throughout life, not just in science We define scientific literacy too narrowly: the tools of science are applicable to everything from economics to terrorism From New Scientist, December 9, 2015 HERE’S a game to play next time you catch the news headlines. Count how many would dissolve away or be markedly […]