Skip to comments.Americans’ aversion to science carries a high price (Why are we doubting the AGW 'consensus?')
Posted on 05/13/2014 2:43:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that [m]ost supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided. Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont recently required labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs), though GMOs have been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects, according to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Other opinions are closer to astrology than science. Some deny a link between HIV and AIDS or confidently assert a connection between cellphone usage and cancer. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), during the last presidential campaign, contended that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. (And, yes, about a quarter of Americans believe in astrology.)
Science has its own explanation for why people are resistant to scientific beliefs. In evolutionary theory (assuming you believe such a thing), our intuitions about the physical world are generally accurate on a human scale calculating the proper force and trajectory to hit a mammoth with a spear....
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This science has already been decreed.
Why wont anyone accept it?
I have no adversion to real science; I was trained/educated in the sciences. I have an adversion to Lysenko science; junk science shoved up everyone’s ass to serve a political agenda.
I’m a retired engineer/high school physics teacher. Anybody who claims any science is “settled” is the one with an aversion to science.
AGW is not science
Babies are human beings from conception is a science fact though
I guess he never saw the "hide the decline" email or read anything about the AGW crowd working to blacklist scientists who had the temerity to publish data that hurt the AGW narrative. This man is either a liar or an ignorant fool.
What the author is complaining about isn’t an aversion to science, it’s an aversion to authority. And it is thoroughly and completely justified.
Its settled — Socialism is scientific fact so get on board with massive new regulations and taxes, you Luddites.
“even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that”
Every 10 years or so a study is put out about something and I have found out that if you don’t go along with the report’s conclusion, wait awhile and another study will come out contradicting the first study. Cholesterol research is a good example.
The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate
apparently Gerson knows nothing about science.
Americans - Meanwhile China is building how many coal fired power plants a day?
Their air is how polluted?
This is the great farce. Telling Americans they must “do something” when China and many other countries are dramatically increasing these carbon emissions.
I hate liberals.
The large gap in IQ levels between different races is a proven scientific fact (and has been proven and reproven for decades). And yet liberals claim that race is an artificial construct and that all races are equal, when science says and can prove quite easily that is not the case.
“Americans have something of a science problem.”
Um, no. The Left has a science problem. They have devalued it while using it to push a political agenda.
The honest scientific studies have shown that is no threat of global warming from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Because it is another BS leftist lie designed to steal more of our money and our freedom????
When “scientists” are funded by politicians, you don’t have science. You have crap.
“apparently Gerson knows nothing about science”
Gerson has a degree in theology from Wheaton College.
Nothing against either theology or Wheaton, but if I wanted an opinion on Transubstantiation or eschatology, I’m not going to ask a physicist. And if I want an opinion on climate science, I’m not going to seek out a theologian from Wheaton.
Interesting isn’t it that the article says we are supposed to believe in AGW, but the article makes fun of Americans for thinking cell phones can cause cancer.
Seems to me the two beliefs, (AGW/ cell phone cancer) are very similar scares based on studies or opinions put out by some scientists.
Algore has a degree in bovine scatology.