Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Education and Capturing the Interest of Students

Here is an important video about the necessity of capturing the imagination of children at a young age for science education. Without scientific literacy, what future do we have? Dr. Tyson is a great speaker and shows the importance of putting things in perspective. Less than 5 minutes.

The half a penny on a dollar is a reference to the budget of NASA being only one half of one percent of the federal budget. This is not to say that we should not critically examine anything that is only a half of a percent of the budget, but to say look at how much we get for so little. We should also not ignore NASA’s tiny sibling, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

In EMS, our problem seems to be that we capture the imagination of the children who never grow up. We need to get them to understand, as they grow up, that it is about much more than just the noise and the toys.

In a similar vein, Dr. Tyson presents a view of the role of politics in science. Not what most people might expect.

h/t Bad Astronomy.