Ahmed Mohammed, a 14-year-old, made national headlines after he was suspended from school for bringing an alarm clock he had built himself. An alarm within a brief case went off in class and his English teacher got scared and alerted the school authorities, who then called the police. For a few days the internet exploded with public outcry in defense of the boy who was only apparently curious and inventive. The one major exception is famed author Richard Dawkins, who alleges that the boy did not build a clock per se and is perpetrating a viral prank for personal benefit. You can look into that argument and evidence for yourself. I’m interested in the response to Ahmed from a certain POTUS.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
For me, Barack Obama wins the 2015 “Never Forget” award for reminding the public that learning how science works is the best way to appreciate “Patriot’s Day.” For it’s on that day when patriotism and science need each other the most. Complimenting the young man even further was MIT astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, who works in MIT’s Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, told Ahmed that he was exactly the “kind of student we want at places like MIT and Harvard.” “I just want to say, you are my ideal student,” ..A creative, independent thinker like you is the kind of person who should be becoming a physicist. As a theoretical physicist, I would love it if you took an interest in the mathematical side, although you’re clearly very adept with your hands and at building things.” What happens when science “liking” kids and adults apply independent thinking in examining official claims and supporting evidence for any number of 9/11/01 events? Do they still get invites to the White House?