New scientist Editor Jeremy Webb has interviewed prime minister Tony Blair in a podcast. The prime minister talks about the importance of scientists to the future of the economy of Britain. He says scientists need to engage more with the public and with industry to exploit scientific ideas.
The interview discusses issues including links between academia and industry, ethics, stem cell research, MMR vaccine, animal testing, nuclear power, carbon dioxide emissions, genetically modified foods, creationism, and faith schools. My favourite question of the interview was asking if people are becoming less rational in their decision making with the introduction of practices such as alternative medicine.
The prime minister revealed that at school he was terrible at science regarding scientists as `boffins’ but became more interested as he has become older and became involved in politics.