Tuesday, December 19, 2006

New Threats to Science

Earlier today, Rush Limbaugh declared, "There can't be science if there's consensus." That's an interesting view of science, to say the least. Of course, science always works with a strong degree of consensus. But Rush objected to the fact that there's now a consensus about global warming. Needless to say, a few years ago, when the science was much less certain, conservatives would point to the lack of consensus as evidence that "more study" was needed before action could be taken. Now that there is a clear consensus, suddenly they're trying to rewrite all of science. Scientists don't appreciate this. The BBC reports on the Union of Concerned Scientists report on an A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science. The Union has 10,000 American researchers objecting to the Bush Administration (and others) interfering with the accurate teaching and research of science on controversial issues such global warming, sex education, evolution

1 comment:

Katherine said...

"There can't be science if there's consensus."

So if we all agree that the White House doesn't really exist, that means the belief is true? Hey, maybe we could just "believe" a few people out of office like this!