Are conservatives “anti-science”?

October 19, 2010 05:42

The notion is spectacularly false. It confuses what science is with what many individual scientists do. It confuses how science actually happens with how scientists and politicians in both parties make use of what scientists do.

By Kendrick Macdowell at The Daily Caller

When candidate Obama sought to explain small-town irritability in 2007, and said, “it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations” — he didn’t “slip” or “misspeak.”  He spoke the heart of his leftist narrative — that conservatives are irrational, excessively religious, conspiracy-theorists, and clueless scapegoaters.  No surprise, then, that Republicans would wage a “war on science.”  The notion became a New York Times bestseller.
Climategate is a fascinating meta-narrative about science (and liberals and conservatives).  We discovered that certain scientists, being human, wished most profoundly for a certain narrative about global warming to be true — so much so that they conspired to suppress contrary evidence and skeptical scientists and engaged in active fraud to perpetuate their narrative.


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