Mark Henderson, Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust, has written The Geek Manifesto and there is a movement afoot to get all of our MPs to read it. The facts say that just one of the 650 currently serving Members of Parliament is a scientist and Henderson argues that only lip service is paid to science at the moment because those who really care about it are not sufficiently politically active.
The book builds the case that science should be much more central to the workings of government; evidence based policy (rather than the reverse!), the application of experimental scientific methods and analysis to decision making, as well as promoting the investment in knowledge, education and research.
Things are changing though and as we witness the rise of popularity of people like Brian Cox and Ben Goldacre it’s clear that the geeks have stopped apologising for their obsession and are starting to get involved! Whether we want to improve education, cut crime or enhance public health, The Geek Manifesto leads the mobilisation… ‘The geeks are coming. Our countries need us’!