can repeat the question, but am I bright enough to ask it?"
Your science advisor would also need to be a political analyst, whose first hurdle would be overcoming West Wing Withdrawal. For all Martin Sheen's ability to multi-task, in reality, key problems are often pushed to the back burner, and domestic policy is naturally suffering by the current need to put out so many fires in foreign policy.
A top priority for today's science advisor should be Alternative Energy, with a fleet of Think Again Tanks to reconsider the potential of cold fusion, hydrogen cells, more efficient solar power, better methods of drilling for methane, and employing wind and tidal energy.
advisor would also need to be a political analyst, whose first hurdle
would be overcoming West Wing Withdrawal. For all Martin Sheen's ability
to multi-task, in reality, key problems are often pushed to the back
burner, and domestic policy is naturally suffering by the current need
to put out so many fires in foreign policy.
Develop a project of broad appeal, say, something that will make Baby Boomers look younger. (It was, after all, a marketing campaign targeting Baby Boomers that promoted SUVs as must haves for the adventurous.)
moment let's call this phase one Reinventing the Wheel. In reality,
we're reintroducing the bicycle, along with Green Lanes, to combat urban
sprawl. Lance Armstrong might be involved to give the project broad
appeal, although there's hardly a town or city unaffected by this in
Lanes should accommodate bicycles, along with 3-wheel rickshaws, Segways
or other non-fossil-fuel burning transport, including horse drawn carriages.
These protected lanes could also allow golf carts, electric powered,
quiet and producing no fumes. All should be registered and licensed
to help fund the Green Lanes, designed with some clever coverage for
Finally, how can we return scientists and other thinking people to a mentoring (celebrity) role? When Albert Einstein arrived in New York, hundreds of fans turned out to greet him. I suggest the White House consider a New Year's List similar to England's peerage designations, to honor visionary leaders in science. The honorees could range widely, including conservationists, AIDs researchers, even novelists who write well about science and conservation. Instead of knighthood, recipients might be denoted by a tier of titles (the Order of the Helix) or put EMC after their name (Einstein's famous formula adapted to denote "Einstein Mentoring Colleague.") Recipients would be required to speak on issues that most concern them at Year's End, answer questions from students, and participate in a roundtable similar to "A Glorious Accident".