Science

Nothing Beats Science for Explaining How the World Works (4/17/2017)

Trump is at war with science and knowledge, and that should terrify you (1/26/2017)

"No candidate running for the Republican Party's presidential nomination has publicly accepted the theory of evolution. Their views on the subject -- from the imbecile observations of neurosurgeon Ben Carson to the disingenuous position of Jeb Bush -- are calculated to attract evangelical voters." Lou Dubose, The Washington Spectator (1/1/2016)

It can be hard to hear the voice of science over the cacophony of misinformation we are subjected to by vested interests whose bottom lines depend on misleading the public. At the same time, lobbying operations and political contributions buy corporations and trade groups outsized influence in Congress. Together, the fractured information landscape and the influence of money in politics jeopardize our health and safety. Center for Science and Democracy

"A substantial percentage of scientists also say that the news media have done a poor job educating the public. About three-quarters (76%) say a major problem for science is that news reports fail to distinguish between findings that are well-founded and those that are not. And 48% say media oversimplification of scientific findings is a major problem. The scientists are particularly critical of television news coverage of science. Just 15% of scientists rate TV coverage as excellent or good, while 83% say it is only fair or poor. Newspaper coverage of science is rated somewhat better; still, barely a third (36%) of the scientists say it is excellent or good, while 63% rate it as only fair or poor." (Survey 7/2009)

"Almost a third of ordinary Americans say human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time, a view held by only 2 percent of the scientists. Only about half of the public agrees that people are behind climate change...in fact, there is no credible scientific challenge to the theory of evolution and there is little doubt that human activity is altering the chemistry of the atmosphere in ways that threaten global change." New York Times reporting on a survey comparing public opinion to that of scientists.. 7/18/2009 pg A17

The most beautiful … thing scientists have discovered is the pattern of science itself. Our scientific discoveries are not independent isolated facts; one scientific generalization finds its explanation in another, which is itself explained by yet another. By tracing these arrows of explanation back toward their source we have discovered a striking convergent pattern – perhaps the deepest thing we have yet learned about the universe. … Our discovery of the connected and convergent pattern of scientific explanations has done the very great service of teaching us that there is no room in nature for astrology or telekinesis or creationism or other superstitions.” From Steven Weinberg's book Dreams of a Final Theory

How special interests try to intimidate scientists, and how best to fight back (1/2015)

Right-Wing Backlash Against 'Smartypants' Like Neil deGrasse Tyson (7/30/2014)

Digital Technology will kill jobs, Inflame social unrest says gartner (10/8/2013)

Why We should Choose Science Over Beliefs (9/24/2013)

Meet The GOP's Environment Leaders (7/26/2013)

Lamar Smith, GOP Push Politicization Of Scientific Research (4/29/2013)

House Science Panel Wears Blinders (1/9/2013)

Paul Broun, Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, is living proof of Republican's ignorance and total Lack of Judgement.

Restore the Office of Technology Assessment

Why The Anti-Science Creationist Movement Is So Dangerous (9/8/2011)

Republicans Against Science: Paul Krugman (8/29/2011)

Republican Science

Time For OTA (5/28/2010)
GOP Postmodernism Continues Apace (11/9/2011)

The Death of an Agency: Office of Technology Assessment and Budget Politics in the 104th Congress

Ronald Reagan and the Metric System (2008)

The Republican War on Science

Not all Republicans are against science, but the religious Republican base denies the expanding universe, evolution, climate change, global warming, sustainability, etc. So does money-driven Republican leadership.

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia (till 2015) says, "All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell." The Earth, he says, is only "about 9,000 years old" and "was created in six days as we know them."
Broun is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), the chairman of a House subcommittee on the environment, unlike 97 percent of scientists, denies climate change.

When Republicans don't agree with evidence, they deny it: "austerity is always wise economic policy," "Tax cuts will pay for themselves," "They will greet us as liberators," "Legitimate rape will shut it down," "Climate change is a hoax," "Government is the problem."

After voting to cut the EPA, and end food stamps, they threatened to shut down the federal government unless Congress defunded Obamacare.
R's don't care if they crash the economy, shred the social safety net, wreck the environment, or cripple government. Empowering them guarantees disaster.

When media talk about the decline in US education, they never talk about their complicity in the Republican war on Science.

Republicans would destroy the planet for profit.

See the Climate Deception Dossiers (a pdf). 7/2015

Bibliography

Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatable by Jerry A. Coyne

Fool Me Twice: Shawn Lawrence Otto

Consilience: The Unity of All Knowledge, E O Wilson (free on-line.)

Our Lonely Home in Nature: Alan Lightman

Dreams of a Final Theory: Steven Weinberg

Our Mathematical Universe, My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality: Max Tegmark

The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science... and Reality Chris Mooney

The Republican War on Science. Chris Mooney

Unscientific America, How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future: by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum

The Greatest Show on Earth, the Evidence for Evolution: Richard Dawkins (see Evolution)

Censoring Science: Inside the political attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming. Mark Bowen. See this.

The Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Erreversably Transforming Employment and the Economy: Erik Brynjolfsson

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