14 March 2010
The war on science in America shows no signs of abating. If anything, it’s gotten much worse.
While I try hard to avoid politics on this journal, when people try to change science to their own beliefs or rewrite history for the same reasons, I’m going to talk about it. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to. This case has to do with some political extremists who run the Texas public schools. Just find me some crazy on the other side of the political spectrum attacking science, and I will gladly give equal time. It’s not about the politics, it IS about the science.
Joe Romm at Climate Progress has this cartoon up. It speaks volumes.
There is not much more that I can add except to say that I was not kidding in the title of this post. If you have kids in Texas public schools, you should probably consider pulling them out and get them a real science education.
Astronomer Phil Plait has an excellent post on this as well. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the faculty of almost every science department at every major university in America, are incredulous over these kind of things.
The reason for all of this is the lack of basic science education in the first place. The public’s idea of what a scientific theory is and the reality of what a scientific theory is are totally different.
In many ways- Scientific theories OUT RANK Laws.
Scientific method has taken us from living in wood huts, to walking on the Moon and exploring the outer planets in 400 years. See Science Fights back.
Science will win this war. It always has. It will win because science is based on observation and evidence.
Not political belief.
Update: The NYT has published an editorial today on this subject.