The Left saw scientists as the new high priests, offering them prestige, money, and power. The power too often corrupted. Over and over, scientists yielded to the temptation to exaggerate their expertise and moral authority, sometimes for horrendous purposes.
Congressional Democrats are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to intervene in a criminal case against a lawyer found to have falsified scientific evidence and bribed a foreign judge to shake down an oil company, with one member of “The Squad” heralding him as an inspiration for “others to fight back against corporate power.”
Evidence indicates that Steven Donziger and his team ran an elaborate legal fraud that included secretly paying a Latin American court’s independent expert to twist science about pollution and ultimately bribing a judge to issue a multi-billion dollar judgment in their favor.
... All three are in his first chapter, during Mooney’s brief acknowledgment that leftists “here and there” have been guilty of “science abuse.”
First, there’s the Left’s opposition to genetically modified foods, which stifled research into what could have been a second Green Revolution to feed Africa.
Second, there’s the campaign by animal-rights activists against medical researchers, whose work has already been hampered and would be devastated if the activists succeeded in banning animal experimentation.
Third, there’s the resistance in academia to studying the genetic underpinnings of human behavior, which has cut off many social scientists from the recent revolutions in genetics and neuroscience.
Each of these abuses is far more significant than anything done by conservatives, and there are plenty of others. The only successful war on science is the one waged by the Left. -John Tierney
Over at Nature, Daniel Sarewitz, the co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University, has an incredibly important op-ed on the increasingly pervasive misuse of science in ideological debates.
Playing off the recent revelations that much reported scientific research cannot be replicated, Sarewitz notes that many researchers - joined by Democrats on Capitol Hill - are actively resisting the release of their data used to justify regulatory decisions. -Ronald Bailey
Liberal, Racism, Science, Politics
British naturalist Charles Darwin has become the latest historical scientist to run afoul of the “decolonise the curriculum” movement, with Sheffield University reportedly claiming that Darwin’s theory on evolution was used to “justify white male supremacy”.
A handbook produced by the university informs lecturers and pupils that celebrating “white saviour” figures such as Darwin serves to overshadow less privileged scientists and scholars and that the “whiteness and Eurocentrism of our science” should be deconstructed, according to The Telegraph.
Liberal, Funny, Racism, Science, Narrative, Crazy, Academia, Feminism
A feminist professor at the University of California-Davis has vowed to “challenge the authority of Science” by “rewriting knowledge” through a feminist lens. Sara Giordano, who left the field of neuroscience to become a Women’s Studies professor at UC-Davis, opened up about her feelings towards the sciences in a recent essay for Catalyst, a journal of feminist theory.
"We need to disrupt the epistemic authority of Science…[and] the assumption that science = truth." Science, she worries, has “earned its epistemic authority through its co-constitution with colonization and slavery,” and therefore “relies on a colonial and racialized form of power.”
Liberal, Funny, Science, Oops
Professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University is being attacked by climate change proponents for publishing research suggesting there could be a 35-year period of low solar activity that could usher in an “ice age.” Zharkova and her team of researchers released a study on sunspot modeling, finding that solar activity could fall to levels not seen since the so-called “Little Ice Age” of the 1600s...
In fact, Zharkova said some scientists even tried to have her research suppressed. “They were trying to actually silence us,” she said. “Some of them contacted the Royal Astronomical Society, demanding, behind our back, that they withdraw our press release.”
Marching For Science
colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues ✊🏾🌈— March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) January 29, 2017
Environmentalist, Warming, Incompetence, Funny, Science, Un, Oops, Fear
There’s been quite a stink over farting, belching farm animals ruining the planet, and professor Frank Mitloehner wants to clear the air, reports The Billings Gazette. In 2006, the United Nations concluded the livestock industry was a big contributor to climate change, but Mitloehner, an air quality specialist at the University of California-Davis, said recently in a speech that methane gas from livestock was misidentified as the bigger greenhouse gas source than airplanes, trains and automobiles combined, the newspaper reports.
“In its report “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” the U.N. concluded that livestock were contributing 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases — allegedly more than the entire world’s transpiration. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the report to forecast that Himalayan glaciers might vanish within 25 years. Outside groups reacted to the U.N.’s claims by launching efforts to slow global warming by getting the public to go meatless one day a week, as way of lowering demand for livestock products.
Mitloehner convinced the U.N. to recant its claim in 2010.
Bill Nye The Demagoguery Guy
"Just a little global warming & climate change. Nothing to worry about..."
Bill floods Texas. Alaska is on fire. Just a little global warming & climate change. Nothing to worry about… pic.twitter.com/l2qAaiytE6— Bill Nye (@BillNye) June 16, 2015
Actor and entertainer Bill Nye, who calls himself "the science guy" even though he is not a trained scientist, has in the last few years begun to make himself out to be an expert on global warming.
Nye's latest series of wild global warming claims, though, is getting meteorologists hot under the collar.
"I have always been amazed that anyone would pay attention to Bill Nye, a pretend scientist in a bow tie."
Conservatives are right to be sceptical. Take any politicised issue that is connected to some disagreement about scientific fact.
I do not believe there is a single case in the last couple of decades where a major scientific organisation took a position that went against the platform of the Democratic party.
What an odd coincidence that "science" always, without exception, supports the liberal worldview.
What may not be obvious from outside academia is that this revolution is an attack on Enlightenment values: reason, inquiry and dissent.
Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.
If former Vice President Al Gore had his way, denying global warming would carry repercussions. Speaking at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, Gore called climate change "accepted science," and said that government officials who continue to deny it should pay a "price."
Liberal, Science, Energy, Protest
Some members of the Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society showed up with their own signs, describing the safety record at Hanford, and talked to the media about nuclear science. Tony Brooks, a retired Washington State University professor of environmental science, talked to members of Occupy Portland, saying that shutting off nuclear power meant shutting off the lights. "OK, I'll use candles," one participant in the rally told him.
The "study proves" model of argument is popular on both ends of the political spectrum, though it is leaned on more heavily by progressives, many of whom take seriously the delusional notion that they are beyond ideology, that they simply are relying on disinterested experts to guide them in the pursuit of "what works."...
And, as it turns out—surprise!—everywhere progressives look a "study proves" that they should be doing whatever it is they already wanted to do.
"Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it."
H/T: Legal Insurrection
CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” -Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection
Liberal, Crime, Character, Science, Brilliance, Oops, Protest, Vandalism, Theft
At one point, Mogulof said, the squatters pruned some fruit trees on the property and explained to the dean of resources that they had to do it because the trees were diseased. Turns out the pruned branches were part of a research project on how diseases affect fruit trees, he said.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Smears, Hoax
Websites are posting the addresses of scientists. Last month, the Times of London obtained an animal rights “hit list” targeting 150 people, including 21 children. The document advised: "Whatever you do, just do it and show them no mercy."