A March for the Sake of Science

by Mirstiel on October 30, 2017 - 8:40pm

The article Science Makes Its Voice In Washington and Beyond written by Anne Q. Hoy is about the March for Science that took place on April 22nd 2017 in the streets of Washington DC. It wasn’t the only March for Science that happened on that date; actually, similar marches happened all over the globe, but, for this article, the author focused only on the Washington’s one. In the column, Hoy mentions that more than 50 speakers all linked nearby or far from science stood up and spoke about the importance of science in our society in front of a large auditory of science lovers. Then, a large description of the achievements of some of the people that spoke in front of the big crowd is given to the reader to comprehend how science is a big matter in our lives. After, the writer gathered some testimonies from the marchers. Among those testimonies, there are a lot of them that are from actual scientists that were in the streets for the march. Finally, Hoy mentions that this event had around 240 scientific institutions who became partnered with it, which increases the importance of the march significantly. Here's the link for the full article: https://www.aaas.org/news/science-makes-its-voice-heard-washington-and-beyond

 

Regarding my own connection to the subject, which is science, I’m into a science program, which makes sense, but if we go farther than this very fact, science is not really linked to my future career. Of course, the fact that I won’t be working in the field of science later in my life doesn’t mean that I don’t value science; I rather think that science is a really important matter that governments should take on more seriously that they are right now. With science, a lot of global problems can be solved and we can learn more about our place in the universe. Furthermore, I that those Marches for Science are a great way to give more visibility to all of the science fields existing in countries that might not value and understand the importance and the impact that they can have in our lives. I deeply think that countries like the United-States of America should give more subventions to researches and give more support to the many scientists that are working for the advancement of our collective knowledge. If we look now at the article, I think that the author, Anne Q. Hoy did a good summary of the event overall. Personally, I would have interviewed more non-related to science marchers and I would have asked them why it is important to protect science and why they are participating to this march. I think that maybe collecting opposite opinions would have added more neutralism in the article, which wouldn’t have been a bad idea at all. Finally, maybe the author could have talked a little bit more about the other marches that have been going on the same day around the world. Naming some of the cities and estimating the number of marchers that were present on that day in the streets would have the article even more interesting and filled with relevant information.

Comments

Greetings Mirstiel. You made an excellent summary of the news about this march to promote the sciences. I particularly liked your comment about how it connects to your life. I feel very much the same way: that even though I am not in the field of science, I value science greatly. It fascinates me and fuels my curiosity at the same time that it provides us with some (definitely not all) of the answers that we seek about the world. At times, there have even been overlaps with my work as a language teacher: I've realized that researchers in artifical intelligence are working on essentially the same problems that I am focusing on. They are trying to figure better ways to learn language and struggling with the nuances inherent to figurative language, register, and contextualized language. The more that we realize that science issues are interrelated with social issues, the more that we can find creative and innovative solutions. So, march on!

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