In a nationally televised presidential science debate, who will be the best moderator?

Both Obama and McCain attended the Saddleback faith forum because, some say, it was an honor to be associated with Pastor Rick Warren among the mainstream grassroots faith communities.

In a nationally televised presidential science debate, who will be the best moderator? A scientist? A journalist? A team? Male? Female? This person doesn’t have to be a scientist, but does have to be science literate and keyed into the national policy dialogue – and someone both candidates will accept. It’s a tall order. Your thoughts?

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    • Michio Kaku

      Rachel Carson

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      • Glen Beck

        Because he would not be afraid to ask the right questions

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        • Dara O'Briain

          He is Irish not American and doesn't get to vote so perhaps more impartial. Hosts "Mock The Week", is a stand up comedian who can think on his feet. He studied maths and theoretical physics at University College Dublin. He has interviewed Stephen Hawkins.

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          • Fareed Zakaria

            An intellectual who knows what he is talking about on a diverse range of policies. He would keep the facts straight and ask relevant and difficult questions. No softballs, no gimmes, and no BS.

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            • NEIL TYSON AND BILL NYE

              THIS IS A NO-BRAINER, PEOPLE!

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              • Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cara Santa Maria, Steven Novella Thomas Friedman

                All are sensitive to scientific issues and approach questions from an evidence-based perspective.

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                • Gina Kolata

                  She is smart, well-educated, thoughtful and has journalistic savvy. She also has a great take on how our science policies affect the whole of America. She would also be able to ask questions in a way that the candidates would have to give actual answers. And phrase them so that they could understand them (since they are not scientists).

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                  • Brian Lamb

                    Founder of C-Span.

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                    • Jeremy Paxman

                      We need a moderator who is respected, non partisan, but not allow the politicians to avoid hard questions and who will follow up until they do answer the question.

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                      • Michael Sandel, professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard University

                        Michael Sandel teaches Political Philosophy at Harvard. Some of his talks can be seen on TED.com, - TED Talks. Sandel has said, "Democracy thrives on Civil Debate." He is well-spoken and is very capable of honing in on the fine points.

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                        • Dr. Richard Alley

                          Non-controversial, extremely knowledgable and very "human" and likeable. Clearly loves talking science and is a registered Republican. Perhaps his involvement could signal that it's OK for GOP to embrace peer-reviewed science.

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                          • Ira Flatow, Sanjay Gupta and Neil de Grasse Tyson

                            I like the idea of three. Hoewever, they would need to know the science AND be able to take on the candidates in a debate format while being neutral. Ira Flatow would be a great anchor due to his interviewing skills and overall knowledge, Sanjay Gupta can assist with specifics of the biological sciences and Neil de Gras Tyson can assist with the specifics of the physical sciences.

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                            • Hank Green, Michio Kaku, and Morgan Freeman

                              Hank Green, a Vlogger and Blogger with an interest in Science and Technology. Michio Kaku as a futurist to bring in someone who would be keeping a very long term forward facing viewpoint. And Morgan Freeman as the Celebrity factor and to put a name on the panel that most people would be familiar with.

                              6 votes
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                              • 4 votes
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                                • 18 votes
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                                  • Morgan Freeman

                                    A non-controversial celebrity with an interest in science and has a big ticket factor

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                                    • Not Just Moderators, BS detectors as well

                                      Sitting in the back of the room are a panel of 5 or so relevant experts whose job it is to push their BS button if they think the candidate has dodged the question or simply answered it poorly. Get three or more of them to push their button, and you're interrupted to let you know that you're considered to be off topic.

                                      You assign a penalty of some sort if they get buzzed too many times.

                                      The bad news... no presidential candidate would have the chutzba to ever agree to this.

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                                      • restore function of intellect in our government

                                        a team of 4 ... 2 scientist 1 journalist and a politician like al gore
                                        a politician is needed to help bridge the gap on how unscientific our lawmakers are

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                                        • Greg Petsko, Ph.D.

                                          Greg was previous President of ASBMB (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). A tireless advocate for science, science education, and for using non-partisan, science-based approaches for finding answers to many of today's pressing issues & problems. If you've ever read any of his "President's Messages", in "ASBMB Today", you'd soon have a sense of what a wonderful candidate he'd be for a panel moderating a discussion with presidential candidates on topics near & dear to all who value science as an integral part of of our society's future.

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