By John Dillon
Imagine your doctor deciding to remove a mass in your abdomen without benefit of an MRI or even an X-Ray. “I’ll find it,” he says, “and we don’t need all that information anyway. Just feel around in there. My kind of medicine has been removing stuff for hundreds of years.”
Or how about you airline pilot deciding to get you to California by pulling out a magnetic compass mid-flight and heading in a westward direction.
“Attention, passengers, if you look out the right side of the plane, you’ll see north; and the left will see south. That’s really all we need to know to get safely where we want, isn’t it?”
Ignore science, disregard research information, and flout empirical findings at your own peril. On the national as well as personal level.
The office of science advisor for the current occupant of the Whitehouse has not been named. The actual title is White House Office of Science and Technology Policy or OSTP. And the previous staff, which helped Obama craft, revise and research over 30 studies of subjects as varied as advanced manufacturing and cyber-security was the most active in our nation’s history (Atkins).
Now? The office remains empty or seriously compromised.
But President Trump promises to name a new leader for the office soon. Very soon. So fast it’ll make your head spin. Bigly.