The online science magazine, New Scientist, posted an article they titled, Challenge unscientific thinking, whatever its source. It begins with this:
IF SCIENCE could vote, who would it vote for? Ask scientists, and a clear answer comes back: science leans to the left.
A 2009 survey conducted by Pew Research in the US found that 52 per cent of scientists identified themselves as liberal, and slightly more believed the scientific community as a whole leaned that way. The corresponding figures for conservatism? Just 9 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.
Leaning to the left as in liberal, welcoming change, seeking new truths. Well, that’s no surprise to me because those on the right, particularly the far-right, want none of that. They’d like to see a time-warp machine to take them back to the ‘good old days,’ however that is defined. Science, on the other hand, is always laser focused on the future. Me too, although I do enjoy a wade through history from time to time.
The New Scientist article goes on:
In “Lefty nonsense: When progressives wage war on reason“, Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell put forward their view that unscientific causes and concerns are just as rife among progressives as conservatives. Berezow and Campbell further claim that progressives who endorse unscientific ideas get a “free pass” from the scientific community.
Hmm. Well, this progressive does not. But then, I have quite an extensive science background so perhaps I don’t fit that image. Or is that exactly the point? Is the ‘problem’ raised by the two authors that many people in general have very little scientific knowledge and/or interest? I suspect so. Science gets a bad rap because, in my opinion, it has traditionally been so poorly taught in school here in the States. Lord knows my ‘science’ teachers were quite the dull and punitive lot. My college teachers were little better.
It is no wonder that the majority of students in advance-degree university studies are foreign born. Americans have not danced well with the subject of science and, in my opinion, this is a grave and costly mistake- perhaps even a national security threat. Yet, Congress and those ‘in the know’ will ignore the problem and focus on other issues in which they feel more comfortable.
I’m hoping that some of my grandchildren will pursue the science field for their life’s work. Think globally, work locally.