On bringing America back to reality

‘I need to do everything in my power to ensure our country comes back to paying attention to reality and paying attention to fact’.”

Sheehan says the kind of scientific belief and optimism that America experienced under JFK in the 1960s has been replaced by apathy and cynicism. She believes that the US has been growing more anti-science for many years. It’s just that Trump has made the drift definitive.

“People don’t remember how bad diseases were,” she says “They don’t remember polio, or measles or mumps. They don’t realise that medical science has had a huge impact on child mortality and morbidity. People don’t have the emotional connection to science that they had in the 1960s.”
— The Observer, 3-18-2017