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Sunday, January 06, 2013
False Equivalency As Anti-Science Polemic
Of course, it logically should be true that both of America's political parties respect the verdicts and utility of scientific results. Of course, it is demonstrably not true that both of America's political parties do respect science anything like equally anymore. A few photogenic exceptions among the GOP and occasional Democratic lapses notwithstanding, nothing could be clearer than the determination of which party welcomes the climate-change denialists, the macroeconomic illiterates, the abstinence-only puritans, the "creation science" boosters, the rapture-ready "champions" of the most belligerent possible Israel, the death panel hysterics, the more guns always everywhere nihilists, the dead-enders in the reactionary fantasies that queers are inhuman, black folks are subhuman, and women nothing but incubators. And, of course, PZ Myers is correct when he says that scientists and all who value a role for consensus science in weighing practical policy outcomes have absolutely no reason to support the anti-science party today's GOP has unquestionably become over the Democratic party.