From Maria Gallucci at Mashable, on a March for Science event:
On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square to “stand up for science” under the Trump administration.
Many rally-goers were in Boston for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.
Hari, the science educator, said he is organizing more than 260 satellite events to coincide with the main March for Science in Washington this spring. More.
The satellite events are probably going to be the important ones.
Curiously, I O’Leary for News happened to be talking to two political operatives recently, one mature and one pretty young. (I don’t usually run into politicos, but Ottawa is a national capital, so … )
Anyway, when I asked about marches and rallies as a strategy, the mature one said, rallies are really important to fire up the base.
Hmmm. I’m not sure that, in this case, the base needs much firing up.
The younger one said, heck no, we don’t put much store by that. We use databases of people whose opinions count and whose minds we can change.
Interesting that, quite contrary to what I might have expected forty years ago, the young fellow was not for marching, or not particularly. Yeah, do it if you want. But so…?
That’s part of what the internet has changed. It has profoundly changed the way information is shared.
See also: In the March for Science, what hats will Darwin’s fans wear?
Is the March for Science on Washington tailor-made to undermine the cause?
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How many of these people really want evidence-based conclusions if they do not support long-cherished beliefs? We’ll probably get to see…