The liberal war on science

| January 22, 2013 | 2 Replies

At Scientific American, Michael Shermer points out that not all of those who are obtuse about science are conservatives. Many liberals hold views that conflict with basic science:

41 percent of Democrats are young Earth creationists, and 19 percent doubt that Earth is getting warmer. These numbers do not exactly bolster the common belief that liberals are the people of the science book. In addition, consider “cognitive creationists”—whom I define as those who accept the theory of evolution for the human body but not the brain. As Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker documents in his 2002 book The Blank Slate (Viking), belief in the mind as a tabula rasa shaped almost entirely by culture has been mostly the mantra of liberal intellectuals, who in the 1980s and 1990s led an all-out assault against evolutionary psychology via such Orwellian-named far-left groups as Science for the People, for proffering the now uncontroversial idea that human thought and behavior are at least partially the result of our evolutionary past.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich and his wife, Anne Jay, live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are raising their two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. The “now uncontroversial idea that human thought and behavior are at least partially the result of our evolutionary past”

    Haha, they DO still hate that idea!

    They pejoratise it as “determinism” or “essentialism”.

  2. Tim Hogan says:

    The entire piece is based upon the fallacy of composition. Democrats are all liberals, some Democrats are idiot science deniers, all liberals are idiot science deniers. Waste of space and more conflict pornography or worse, more of the attempt to “balance coverage” of issues by decrying the alleged prevalence of scientific ignorance among Democrats as liberals so the righties will leave them alone.

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