“America’s economic future, the quality of our health, and the quality of our environment depend on our ability to continue America’s proud legacy of discovery and invention. As winners of the Nobel Prizes in science, we are proud of our contribution to the extraordinary advances American science has made in recent years. But we’re deeply concerned that without leadership and continued commitment to scientific research the next generation of Americans will not make and benefit from future discoveries.
“President Obama understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy. He has built strong programs to educate young Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and programs to provide Americans the training they need to keep pace with a technology-driven economy.
“If you believe, as we do, that America’s future is bound in essential ways to science and innovation, we urge you to join us in working to ensure the reelection of President Obama.”
You can find the entire letter here. I would urge you to read it… and pass it around.
- Science and Medicine Nobel Prize Winners Support Obama (biotech.about.com)
- Sixty-Eight Nobel Prize Winners Endorse Obama (addictinginfo.org)
- Obama Picks Up Nobel Endorsements (news.sciencemag.org)
- Nobel Laureates Endorse Obama (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
Here’s his acceptance speech to this very large American atheist group in 3 parts:
It is the Anniversary today of the call to trial of Gallileo Gallilei by the minions of the Catholic Church (the Inquisition) for defying God by scientifically showing that the Earth revolves around the Sun, as do the other planets; that the Moon not only revolved around the Earth, but was illuminated by reflected light of the Sun.
Gallileo, then age 70, was convicted, forced to publicly repent and sentenced to House Arrest, where he remained until his death some years later. His book, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, was banned by the Inquisition and the Catholic Church did not allow its publication until1741… and the Church did not express regret for its punishment of Gallileo until Pope John Paul did so in 1992.
Tonite, if you go outside and look up at the Moon and the stars, remember Gallileo and think about all the other wonders of science that the Church has come out against over the years.
I’ll give you a clip from it, but I suggest you read the whole thing:
I tried to find the Video tht Willie Geist played on Morning Joe this morning, with the Sesame Street Muppet Ernie singing about visiting the moon… and then the moon is hit by a rocket and blows up… but couldn’t find it. I think they pulled it from Letterman’s Friday night show, but I’m not sure.
However, in my search I found a great piece on the same topic from Mr. Show:
Did anyone hear if they found water (which I think was the major goal) on the actual rocket/moo collision? I think that’s what we were spending millions on doing.