Some Republicans are embarrassed by their party’s anti-science bent

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If you’re surprised by the headline above, your collection of Republicans friends is too narrow. There are, in fact, members of the GOP who don’t share the antipathy toward science that is so common among their party-mates. I’m personally acquainted with a few of them.

The big problem seems to be that Republican politicians who know better usually are afraid to openly challenge the anti-science attitudes embraced by the dimwits who hold sway in the GOP.

The situation reminds me of an intelligent comment I saw a few years ago on the website of the conservative National Review. It was a response ponding to an editorial that weakly purported to defend right-wing sensibilities on scientific matters.

It read in part as follows:

Clearly the anti-science criticism has struck a nerve amongst the NR editors, who like to style themselves as intellectually superior but have to cater to a readership which prizes ignorance.

You ask, “Why does the left get to pick which issues are the benchmarks for ‘science’?” It is because the Democratic base does not demand that presidential candidates profess positions which are directly contrary to scientific evidence. While the left does have severe problems with neurobiology and evolutionary (gasp!) psychology, these are not litmus test issues for the nomination, and so this is a false equivalence.

Since Republicans are fond of petitions, I would like to have all their presidential candidates sign that they affirm the following scientific facts:

On global warming:

(1) The earth, as a system, is getting hotter, at a more rapid rate than at any point in history.

(2) This warming has been driven, at least in part and likely overwhelmingly, by man-made carbon dioxide.

(3) Although the specifics are difficult to predict, this warming will lead to heat and sea levels unseen during human civilization.

On the Origins of Life:

(1) The earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old.

(2) Life has existed on earth for greater than 3 billion years.

(3) You, I, the great apes, octopuses, and my pet tarantula all share a common ancestor.

Each of the above points is well established by the evidence and none is in serious dispute. However, affirming any of the above would remove a candidate from consideration from a Republican primary, which is why the GOP is indeed the anti-science party.


1 Comment

  1. JG1957

    Do you even try anymore, Chesty? These points are getting as tired and overused as your “popular vote’ nonsense.

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