The War on Science

Mike the Mad Biologist

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One of the advantages the conservative movement has is that it can be very lucrative to be a professional conservative, whereas being a professional liberal is rather difficult. There isn’t the tight integration of think tanks, conservative magazines, cozy book deals, and the occasional faculty sinecure (e.g., torturer John Yoo) on the left. What keeps…

Hopefully, this post won’t degenerate into a flame war (ZOMG! TEH RELGIONISMZ!!!), but I’ve finished reading Unscientific America. Unfortunately, right off the bat (page three), the ‘Pluto argument’ bothered me (on the other hand, the book could only improve). From my perspective (and what do I know, I’m just a scientist), it seems that if…

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but, once again, a major part of the stimulus should have been to make up state budget shortfalls, which stemmed from the economic recession. Not only is it good economic policy (what’s the point of the federal government putting people to work, only to have…

Quote of the Day

Surly Amy mixes swine flu and homeopathy:

Republican Senator Susan Collins went along with Karl Rove and cut or eliminated funding from the stimulus package for pandemic influenza spending. While Democratic Congressman Obey was able to restore $50 million for infection reporting, all state and local funding was eliminated. Nicely done, ‘moderate’ Senator Collins (italics mine):

More on Fake HuffPo Pseudo-Experts

ScienceBlogling PalMD does a good job of eviscerating the false claims of expertise by woo practioner ‘Dr.’ Patricia Fitzgerald and the rest of the witch doctors over at The Huffington Post, so I thankfully don’t have to (so many fucking morons, so little Mad Biologist…). But PalMD neglected to mention one thing about ‘Dr.’ Patricia…

Framing, Evolution, and Power

While I’m away on vacation, here’s a blast from the past: Once again, the science framing wars have flared up. While I’m not allergic to the concept of framing as some are, one of the major reasons why I’m not a big fan of dwelling on the topic is that obsessing over language reminds me…

Volcanoes Have a Well-Known Liberal Bias

LA Governor Bobby Jindal is looking dumber by the day:

After reading these two posts by ScienceBlogling Sheril (and the many comments) about scientific literacy, I suppose I’m in the minority about what scientific literacy. Unlike most of the commenters, I think scientific literacy revolves primarily around a core set of knowledge, and not ‘critical thinking skills.’ More importantly, to combat anti-science, facts are vital.

There has been a lot of commentary about George Will attacking the observed phenomenon of global warming by referring to a poor analysis of research findings–an analysis that has been refuted by the study’s authors. This has been followed by discussions of the future of journalism and other such rending of garments. For me, what…