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1 calochortus  Jun 8, 2014 2:06:24pm

What is it with “I’m not a scientist” as an excuse to ignore science? Most of these folks aren’t doctors or economists either and yet they’re very happy to legislate on health and the economy.

“I’m totally ignorant and unable to listen to or evaluate the evidence presented to me” isn’t really a great recommendation for public office.

2 Skip Intro  Jun 8, 2014 3:13:34pm

re: #1 calochortus

What is it with “I’m not a scientist” as an excuse to ignore science? Most of these folks aren’t doctors or economists either and yet they’re very happy to legislate on health and the economy.

“I’m totally ignorant and unable to listen to or evaluate the evidence presented to me” isn’t really a great recommendation for public office.

I think it’s part of the “Hey, I’m as stupid as you are, so vote for me” philosophy of the GOP.

3 Kafitrar  Jun 8, 2014 6:07:05pm

re: #1 calochortus

What is it with “I’m not a scientist” as an excuse to ignore science? Most of these folks aren’t doctors or economists either and yet they’re very happy to legislate on health and the economy.

“I’m totally ignorant and unable to listen to or evaluate the evidence presented to me” isn’t really a great recommendation for public office.

It’s the attitude that former head of the Texas Board of Education, Don McLeroy, to say, “Someone has to stand up to the experts.” A combination of “No one tells me what to do,” anti-intellectualism, and only beliefs that one likes are valid.


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