Pick a cartoon

The Union of Concerned Scientists has a poll right now — pick your favorite cartoon about the politicization of science. You’ve got 12 to choose from.


  1. #1 woozy(no. 3! no. 3! no... okay none were *terrific* but ....
    June 27, 2007

    Doesn’t “ad hominem” personal attacks require an actual person being attacked. And doesn’t it require attacking personally on grounds not pertaining to the validity of their reasoning. Claiming the “scions of gas corporations” and “inept cronies” are ad hominem attacks when they aren’t specific people and when the argument is that “inept cronies” and “scions” will be in charge of policies, “inept cronies” and “scions” don’t evading the argument; they *are* the argument.

    Now if you had said “broad generalizations” and “simple cliches” or “knee-jerk assumptions without thought” you’d have a case.

    I however feel if the shoe fits…

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    June 27, 2007

    Number 9, 11, and 12 are not bad (the last panel in no. 9, and the fact that the presenter in it looks like Raygun, though that clearly wasn’t intended).

    The “science expelled” cartoon is better, though.

    The “Ancestors” cartoon, however, is close to incomprehensible.