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In the wake of the latest developments in the George Will scandal, I sent him this: Dear Mr. Hiatt, [Introductory Comments]…I believe what I’ve called the “Republican War on Science” continues, and the George Will saga represents a stunning example. In my opinion, the Post editorial/oped page makes a terrible mistake by not correcting his…

George Will wrote another deceptive global warming column. It’s full of utter nonsense, retracts nothing, and pathetically tries to defend his previous errors: The column contained many factual assertions but only one has been challenged. The challenge is mistaken. This I can only call a lie. A blatant one. Many of the column’s incorrect factual…

My Science Progress column is now up: I try to set the George Will scandal in the broader context of what’s happening in the media: We often hear that “technology” is what’s killing newspapers–innovations like Craig’s List have destroyed the in-print classified advertising market; people have stopped reading physical papers and turned to online headlines…

I kinda suspected–but didn’t bother to prove–that George Will was recycling parts of his anti-global warming balderdashery, particularly his strained paragraph about global cooling in the 1970s, replete with misleading references. Well, Brad Johnson has done the work: It appears Will has a rotating (and very limited) set of global warming talking points that date…

Over at Wonk Room, Brad Johnson is trying to get responses from the Post about why George Will is allowed to ignore fact and reality, and why the Post won’t run a correction of his errors. It’s pretty pathetic. The great conservative “intellectual”–Will–is apparently unaccountable. And you wonder why newspapers are failing today. I think…

There is this strange idea out there that George Will is a smart person’s conservative. Maybe it’s the bow-tie. But if you read his latest, scandalously hackish global warming column, you realize that nothing could be further from the truth. Any person who respects thought, ideas, knowledge, or the contemplative life–any person, in short, who…

In the last post, I introduced Francis Bacon–chiefly via the New Atlantis–and described a very interesting, if ultimately perhaps too strong, feminist reaction. But it’s as though some feminists are Bacon’s only enemies. Neoconservative bioethicists, for example, see Bacon as the place where it all started to go wrong. Leon Kass, the great granddaddy of…

Male chauvinist pig? Or worse? I haven’t even read Copernicus yet, and probably won’t at least until this weekend. As far as my reading goes, the scientific revolution hasn’t yet started and I’m still stuck with Ptolemaic glasses on. History 293, though, is churning away, and yesterday we did our section on Francis Bacon and…

Tis the Season of Climate Idiocy

My latest Science Progress column takes on those, like right wing columnist Deroy Murdock or Lou Dobbs, who persist in trying to claim that winter weather refutes global warming. There are so, so, so many reasons this argument is dumb; and yet at the same time, who can dispute that the prevailing weather at a…

I know, the Bush administration is history. So, I’ve argued, is the “Republican war on science.” But if you never yet got a copy of the book of the same name, now’s the time–Amazon is selling the paperback, new, for $ 4.99. I don’t usually hawk my wares like this, but that’s damn cheap.