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Sep 13, 2010

"Don't know much about a science book"

The United States has a long history of anti-intellectualism, but being on the losing end of the global-warming debate has led our modern Know Nothings to turn science into a partisan issue. "Science Scorned," a devastating editorial in the British journal Nature, quotes Mr. Anti-Science himself, Rush Limbaugh:

“The four corners of deceit: government, academia, science and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That's how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.”

Science, continues Limbaugh,"has become a home for displaced socialists and communists." The way you can tell, apparently, is that they insist on coming up with replicable experiments and mountains of data that keep pointing out the inconvenient truth of global warming. Says Nature:

US citizens face economic problems that are all too real, and the country’s future crucially depends on education, science and technology as it faces increasing competition from China and other emerging science powers….  Yet the public often buys into anti-science, anti-regulation agendas that are orchestrated by business interests and their sponsored think tanks and front groups.

Once you reject science as the work of commies, however, you quickly find yourself on a slippery slope. If government, the media, academia, and scientists teamed up to make up global warming, what else might they have cooked up? Here's an example of where we might be headed: A conference devoted to the proposition that Galileo was wrong.

--Paul Rauber 


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