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Give the NAS a moment of your time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   

The National Academies of Science is one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world. As their "About the NAS" page states:

The National Academies perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public.

That's something I think we can all stand behind! We were contacted by the NAS asking if we would publicize a survey they are hosting about the public's concerns over science. This survey will literally take you one minute to take, and will help guide them in creating educational materials. The deadline is January 16, so please take a moment  to give them your opinion. Once completed you can see the results so far, and compare your concerns with those of other folks in the reality-based community.

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written by Skeptic, December 22, 2008
As above. Worth your minute!
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written by BillyJoe, December 22, 2008
They say two minutes on the site, but it takes actually less than one minute.
I must have average tastes, because my five selections were all in the top seven. That was disappointing.

BJ
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written by jensfiederer, December 23, 2008
Pretty painless.
Didn't care for their categorizations, sounded more like article titles, and several seemed much too close together.
Loved the ability of proposing new categories.
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written by kenhamer, December 23, 2008
Does it mean anything that amongst the presumedly skeptical/scientificly literate "national security" is in "last place?"
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written by BillyJoe, December 23, 2008
Yes, I dragged my lazy eye over that one and moved hurriedly on...
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written by Ian Mason, December 23, 2008
But does it matter that I'm not American? That I'm not a native of the country I live in? That I'm just another semi-evolved simian, homo sapiens ordinaire? Who gives a monkey's ?
HAPPY HOLS EVERYONE
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written by sscook, December 23, 2008
While the NAS has a worthwhile mission, it has been gravely remiss by allowing the IOM to be for sale to any group who wants to pay it to issue reports. The growing bias, politics and pseudoscience from the IOM discredits the NAS and the scientific community. That was my greatest concern for the NAS, but there was no box to check.
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written by Cuddy Joe, December 23, 2008
The 'spread' was 1% to 12%, so no one topic is all that heavy. I also managed to achieve Billy Joe's 'averageness' by picking 4 of the 8 most chosen topics, while my 5th choice was last.

Don't bother going for the free tote bag. I've dowsed my chakra and the resultant energy aura clearly shows that sucker's MINE.
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