Last year Paris and Belgium. This year London, Stockholm and St. Petersburg. We watched the terror attacks in horror, and once again the calls go out for security and privacy tools that governments can abuse, under the banner of our safety. If we value our freedom, we must value our privacy and that of others as well, and we must protect the free development of science and math as they are the lenses into the practice of freedom and the freedom of practice. We cannot make science work "only for the good guys."
How are we supposed to digest the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea at the same time we are sensitive to the denial of science? Former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman offers a clue in a lecture at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “We must avoid the suggestion that science and faith are mutually exclusive — they are different manifestations of the human experience." Science tells us the odds in life, and faith tells us to place the bet.
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