It’s good to piss off the right people

One other important thing about using ridicule to combat your opponents: you have to be on very solid ground yourself for it to be effective. An excellent case in point is Michael Fumento, a rather deranged lawyer by training with negative experience in science (i.e., paying too much attention to him will cause cortical neurons to wither and die) has chosen to flail against competent science, and he makes a complete fool of himself. Fumento’s schtick is to play Chicken Belittle and downplay the importance of public health in favor of privatizing everything, and something that would require coordinated community response, like a potential pandemic, is anathema to him…so he ignores the science and pretends it will never happen. To make his case, I’m amused at his choice of targets: Revere, Mike, and Tim. This is another reason to be pleased to be at Scienceblogs—my peers here raise the ire of the anti-science crazies on both the right and the left. It’s good company!


  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    January 12, 2007

    Has he never heard of

    Not only that, he has also never bothered to imagine that the USA might not be the only country in the world with a GDP above that of Eritrea.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    January 12, 2007

    As a person who works in Africa and studies human evolution in Africa, I can go on an on about the European bias, and the closely linked Anti-African bias in archaeological and human evolutionary research. It’s huge.

    Could you fill in my ignorance a little?

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    January 12, 2007

    Equating Deconstructionists with anti-science crazies is very sloppy arguing. You can just as easily make the argument that Deconstruction is an implementation of the scientific method by way of examining potential bias in data.

    Isn’t that about the same as postmodernism — the loudly proclaimed truth that there is no truth except the one that there is no truth? That all “stories” are equally true? That, obviously, is anti-science — it is the simple denial that there is such a thing as reality.