Liberals Are Also Waging a 'War on Science'
Both sides eschew science when it suits them: Michael Shermer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Genetically modified foods are a popular target for liberals.   (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

(Newser) – Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans, not Democrats, are waging a war on science. But "there's a liberal war on science" too, writes Michael Shermer in Scientific American. Yes, it's true that 58% of conservatives believe humans were created, by God, in the past 10,000 years. But 41% of liberals hold that same belief. Similarly, 51% of Republicans doubt the Earth is heating up, but 19% of Democrats feel the same way. "These numbers do not exactly bolster the common belief that liberals are the people of the science book," Shermer writes.

And there's more: Liberals tend to be against nuclear energy (waste disposal issues), hydroelectric energy (dams in rivers interfere with ecosystems), fossil fuels (climate change), and wind power (bird deaths). And then there's the fight against genetically modified foods, even though GMOs are really the only way we can feed the planet. "The underlying current is 'everything natural is good' and 'everything unnatural is bad,'" Shermer writes. The truth is that both sides treat science just about equally, they just feel strongly about different issues. It's time to encourage moderation on both sides. Click for Shermer's full column.

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johniestring
Jan 25, 2013 9:19 PM CST
Seriously... really... you think pole taking in the US has any basis in reallity? heres a pole of the last time MickyDees gave me diareaha and its 90% your full of shite
isoarcars
Jan 25, 2013 12:23 PM CST
On the south coast of England there is a fort Henry VIII built to resist the French navy. The channel shoreline at the time was 30 yards from the East wall. Now the shoreline is over mile away. I don't know how much the sea level has fallen and not risen over the past 5 centuries. I believe it may indicate the earth goes through changes that can't necessarily be blamed on the evils of white man's industrial age. I remember back in the sixties, studies were frightening us into the idea that we were headed not toward global warming but a new ice age. When someone uses the phrase "...studies indicate" - hang on to your wallet. Studies are most often a matter of politically sanctioned truth or what campuses allow to be true. While I am at it, I don't like the way we use the phrase "..on the planet". ....he is the fastest runner on the planet - the highest GNP on the planet. It is the dumbest phrase in the whole world. This is the only planet we have ever lived on or likely to for quite a time to come. She's calling me to make coffee - gotta go.
Murahu
Jan 25, 2013 10:23 AM CST
And when it comes to social science, liberals are the most fanatical in opposition to scientific research. Crime and race, IQ and race, and innate racial differences are forbidden, taboo topics imposed by liberal censors in government, academia, and the media. Twin studies showing that intelligences is greatly a product of inheritance are avoided to stress environmental factors, more money for Head Start (which has no long-term effects and is thus a waste of money), a special programs that always fail and are resuscitated under different names. Stalin provides the model for the Left - and its hatred for science.