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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Science Denial on the Right... and the Left

I've been saying this for some time, but let's let an expert speak. Neil deGrasse Tyson of Cosmos fame not only goes after those on the right who deny evolution and climate change. He also turns his attention to those on the left who are anti-vaccination and anti-GMO foods. He states,
"It's wrong to simply attack the right for science denial. Liberals cannot claim to fully embrace science, there is plenty of science denial from the left."
"You have to adjust peoples point of view on the topic. People need to know cows don't exist in the wild, we have been modifying our food for over 10,000 years, and you need to know this stuff! You have to make informed decisions, I am not telling you to embrace GMOs, but know the facts!"
"I don’t care if you want to label GMOs in the grocery story, but do so knowing that you will be labeling 80-90% of the food on the shelves, or go ahead and tell me you want to remove all GMOs from food, and know that the same 80-90% of food will have to be removed."
Scientists are not always right, of course. A chemist friend of mine used to say to me while we were fishing, "A scientist's job is to offer a conclusion and then spend the rest of his life trying to prove he's wrong." But those who would take issue with the general consensus of scientific inquiry on these matters need to know what they are talking about before they enter into denial. And the problem is that all too often they don't.

And nuancing the arguments can't hurt either.
Dan Arel's entire post with links can be read here.

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