January 2013 – Funding Faithful Science

Paul Broun, U.S. Representative from Georgia, said in a speech in 2012 that, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. . . I believe that the Earth is about 9,000 years old. I believe that it was created in six days as we know them.” He is chair of the Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Gary Goodyear is Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology. In a March 2009 interview, The Globe and Mail asked Goodyear if he believed in evolution. He responded, “I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.” He later said, during a CTV interview, that  “We are evolving, every year, every decade. That’s a fact. Whether it’s to the intensity of the sun, whether it’s to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it’s running shoes or high heels, of course, we are evolving to our environment.”

These two examples were used to explore what we expect of those in positions of influence regarding science funding and research, and what we can reasonably expect to know about them.