Science is absolutely not a competition. Was Argentina harmed because the US went to the moon? Was Russia harmed when penicillin was discovered? No, not at all. China's increased scientific research is a benefit to all of us.
Don't tell the politicians that. Anything that could get them to prioritize education and science in this country is worth it. If it takes fear of China, then so be it.
Should a university fire an employee just for believing God created the world in six days? No -- although if they're a cosmologist, that will certainly have an impact on the quality of their publications.
Should a university fire an employee just for believing God created life on Earth? No -- although if they're a biologist, that's not a good sign.
Should a university fire an employee just for believing the Earth is 6,000 years old? No -- although if they're a geologist, I'm not sure how they'll get any work done.
But this is is a situation that just doesn't occur. I get the feeling that too many of these people watched Ben Stein's propaganda piece Expelled and got all up in arms about it. Well you know what, if Texas wants itself to become an educational wasteland, so be it; I'll just move somewhere else.
- Nokia also announced it will ship its first MeeGo-related device in 2011, which will rely on the Qt ecosystem – and then will continue with MeeGo as an open source project for future disruption.
Uh... "for future disruption"? What does that mean?
My guess is he meant "distribution," but seeing how he keeps using that same word it's anyone's guess.