When Geeks March, The Hypotheses Get Giddy

By Mike Feinsilber

Some of their signs looked more like hypotheses, and I sort of expected footnotes and citations. But at Washington’s huge and rain-soaked Science March, most sign bearers showed that scientists can be witty and political. And longwinded, even on a placard.

The verbosity made my task hard, trying—in Saturday’s rain—to jot down the slogans. Carried in some instances by demonstrators wearing white lab coats.

My notebook got soggy, my ballpoint ink smeared and I felt like a cub. So I skipped the dissertations and went for the pithy. And, dry at home, searched the internet for more signs carried at marches elsewhere.

The science marches were intended to be non-political but this is the age of Trump. So: “Impeach Science Deniers,” cried one sign. “Make America Think Again,” said another.  Another: “Engineers Build Bridges; Dictators Build Walls.” And “Grab Them By the Data.”

Others:

Science Is Not an Opinion

Earth Is Not Flat; Facts Matter

Science Cures Alternate Facts

Science: Because You Can’t Just Make It Up

Empirical Data Trumps
Imperial Alternate Facts

Think Like a Proton: Stay Positive

Had polio?
Me Neither
Thank you, Science.I’m a Biologist.

I love all cultures.

The temperature is rising and so are we.

 Make Earth Cool Again

We are not just resistors, we are transformers.

Pro Choice
Pro Science
Pro Planet

Dear Future Generations: We’re Sorry.

There Is No Planet B.

Science, Not Silence

Science. Because We’re Worth It

Climate Change Cannot Be
Undone by Tweet

Evolution: what happened.
Climate change: happening.
Recognition: must happen.

What do we want?
Evidence-based science.
When do we want it?
After peer review.

And:
Society Should Worry
When Geeks Have to Demonstrate.
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Mike Feinsilber spent about a quarter century with UPI in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Harrisburg, Newark, New York, Saigon and Washington and about a quarter century with AP in Washington, with a spell as assistant bureau chief and a stint as writing coach.
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Slate also put up a good post with pictures of signs from the science march.

Comments

  1. BARNARD COLLIER says:

    Nice reporting despite the climate, Mr. Feinsilber, many thanks.

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