[ExI] antiscience from both sides
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 21:56:11 UTC 2019
Yes - I should have said that. bill w
On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 3:04 PM Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:
> From Quora, no?
> Sample my Kindle books at:
> On Apr 12, 2019, at 12:47 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> Examples of right-wing anti-science:
> 1. Creationism.
> 2. Global warming denialism.
> 3. Anti-environmentalism generally.
> 4. Exaggerated claims about fetal development.
> 5. Rejection of epidemiology as it pertains to sex, pregnancy, and
> sexually transmitted disease.
> 6. Rejection of genetics, neurology, and psychology as they pertain to
> sex and gender.
> 7. Pseudo-biological justifications for racism and sexism.
> 8. Supply-side economics, if you count economics as a science. That’s
> a whole ‘nother discussion.
> Examples of left-wing anti-science:
> 1. Anti-GMO hysteria.
> 2. Opposition to nuclear power under any and all circumstances.
> 3. Other extremes of environmentalism, with predictions of immediate
> doom rather than slow long-term change.
> 4. 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:
> 1. 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.
> 2. 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.
> 3. 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.”
> 4. 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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