Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Science and Politics

As a follow-up to this post, today's question is: Why are most scientists not Republicans? Brad DeLong reports their five typical answers to this question:
  1. From libertarians, because the Republicans are really hostile to individual freedom: they want to control people's lives and boss people around.
  2. From biologists, because Republican politicians say they don't believe in evolution.
  3. From chemists and physicists, because Republican politicians pretend to believe that CO2 molecules created by human action have a different radiation-absorption spectrum than other CO2 molecules.
  4. From all corners, because Republican politicians are the tools of lobbyists and do not respect the evidence about anything.
  5. From all corners, because Republican politicians don't understand how important investment in education is for the future of America--they have no idea where our current wealth and health really comes from.


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