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1 CleverToad  Jun 20, 2015 11:30:30am

Exactly

2 EPR-radar  Jun 20, 2015 11:49:25am

I’ve also thought this for a long time. The mainstreaming of creationism into GOP dogma, especially young earth creationism, is another example of this pattern.

Just about all aspects of US right wing “thinking” have as their starting point the denial of reality. It really is remarkable how important delusional thinking is on the right.

And this isn’t limited to just the wingnuts. Moderate Republicans often justify their votes with denial of what the GOP is and who is running it.

3 Iwouldprefernotto  Jun 20, 2015 11:52:36am

I’m not a scientist…

4 Drive By Commenter  Jun 21, 2015 8:03:08am

The stupid burns us all.

5 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 21, 2015 8:30:23am

America always had a bit of a cultural and intellectual inferiority complex regarding Europe, one which we compensated for by claiming to br morally superior to those decadent Eurpeans.

We continue that tradition, we have just replaced (or complemented) those decadent Euroweenies with blue-state liberals and secularist academic elitists.

6 calochortus  Jun 21, 2015 11:37:24am

There have always been anti-intellectual groups in the US. In some ways we are reaping what we sowed in the 20th century. Early on we exalted inventors, and rested on our laurels because with abundant resources and often, a shortage of labor, industrialization worked really well for us. We were still pretty rural and most people were less interested in science than in technology.

Then came Sputnik and we were all going to die unless we caught up with science big time. Except that we didn’t have enough science teachers in the schools. So science education was rationed to only the best and the brightest. This may have produced good scientists, but it left out the average baby boomer student in a way that told them they weren’t good enough for science. No wonder a lot of people reject science-it rejected them first.

Now, many students in the elementary grades don’t get much science because it’s “not on the test” a test designed by people who were told they weren’t good enough for science.

Science should be for everyone, but I don’t hold out a lot of hope.


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