I visited the Royal Society in the Summer, checking out their Summer Science exhibition and having the privilege to chat to some of the most prominent scientists in the UK, including Paul Nurse, the President of the Royal Society, Nobel Prize Winner, and director of the Francis Crick Institute. He represents what is best about science in Britain and around the world: its impartiality, its commitment to uncovering the truth, its independence from political or social gain.
Is immigration hurting science in Britain? Is climate change real? What effect do drugs have on people?
These are questions that scientific investigations can, and have, yielded firm answers. We’re quick to adapt policies that are to our obvious, immediate, benefit; yet policy has not always acted in the same direction as the evidence… check out what Paul has to say about it here.
Needless to say, it’s a little disheartening to a scientist who wishes to change the world for the better, even just a little. So while Europe stands up this week vociferously for Charlie in the face of Terrorism, I’d urge you to stand up for Yourselves in the face of Cowardice; after all, you’re armed with a fantastic mind of your own and a body of overwhelming evidence…