[ExI] antiscience from both sides

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 19:57:12 UTC 2019

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> On Apr 12, 2019, at 12:47 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Examples of right-wing anti-science:
> Creationism.
> Global warming denialism.
> Anti-environmentalism generally.
> Exaggerated claims about fetal development.
> Rejection of epidemiology as it pertains to sex, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease.
> Rejection of genetics, neurology, and psychology as they pertain to sex and gender.
> Pseudo-biological justifications for racism and sexism.
> Supply-side economics, if you count economics as a science. That’s a whole ‘nother discussion.
> Examples of left-wing anti-science:
> Anti-GMO hysteria.
> Opposition to nuclear power under any and all circumstances.
> Other extremes of environmentalism, with predictions of immediate doom rather than slow long-term change.
> Opposition to space exploration: “why are we spending money up there when people are starving down here?”
> Examples of anti-science shared by both left and right:
> Antivax. Started as a left-wing mania, and still more common in liberal communities, but some of the most prominent advocates are right-wing politicians, e.g. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
> Abuse of statistics regarding crime issues, especially gun control. Left- and right-wingers draw opposite conclusions from the same data, and they both go to absurd extremes. Principled statisticians are left crying in the wilderness.
> Suspicion of the enterprise of science: the idea that there are giant cabals of scientists working in secret with no oversight and “playing God” or uncovering “things we weren’t meant to know.”
> Closely related, the common cultural stereotypes of scientists as arrogant, aloof, and out of touch with the lives of “regular people.”
> bill w
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