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Antiscience

How Did We Become A Society Suspicious Of Science?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 10.15.2014 | Science
Keith M. Parsons

There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.

The Rising Antiscience

Victor Stenger | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Faith would not be such a negative force in society if it were just about religion. However, the magical thinking that becomes deeply ingrained whenever blind faith rules over facts warps all areas of life.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Antiscience In Washington On 'The Point'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.05.2012 | Science

On the eve of one of the most divisive elections in modern history, the conversation strays from international affairs to the economy to health care. ...

Key Congressmembers on Science Committees Refuse To Answer Science Questions

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.12.2012 | Science
Shawn Lawrence Otto

If the candidates for president will discuss the nation's top science issues, why won't the key members of Congress who lead the committees that deal with science policy?

Questions on Science and Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

The following is an interview that will appear in the book How to Prove God Does Not Exist by Trevor Treharne, to be released in September by Universal Publishers.

Climate Change Obama Can Believe In: Why Global Warming Will Heat Campaign Trail in Coming Months

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 06.25.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Romney appears to be trapped in Obama's message box on it: if he vascillates again he will alienate far right supporters who believe climate change is all a vast hoax. If he doesn't, he stands to lose mainstream centrist voters to Obama.

Review: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The hockey stick graph has become one of the most iconic and politically charged images in the history of science, and the book details how a self-described "math geek" stumbled into climate science and found himself at the center of a political maelstrom.

Climate Change: Sifting Truth From Lies in a Complex World

Shan Wells | Posted 03.25.2012 | Denver
Shan Wells

Solving the problem of climate change would be difficult enough on its own because of the importance of fossil fuels to our economies, but adding to the challenge is a powerful chorus of science-denying politicians and interest groups.

Lynne Peeples

Swaying Skeptical Students: Science Teachers Face Heated Battles Over Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green

Prior to taking Mr. Visco's high school science class, Keith Hogan did not believe humans had had any hand in climate change. "I thought the media ...

Missouri, The 'Stupefy Me' State?

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science
Shawn Lawrence Otto

House Bill 1227 will require the equal treatment of religious opinion and science, depriving kids of the knowledge to compete in the economy, and robbing them of a clear understanding of how to tell the difference between real knowledge and someone's truthy opinion.

One Way to Help Science: Become Republican

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The only sure way to advance science in the White House next year is to have two science-friendly candidates on the ticket come November -- and that means actively pushing for one to win the Republican nomination.

Franken, Whitehouse Expose Climate Deniers on Senate Floor

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The U.S. was founded by scientists, based in large part on the principles of science. So it is shocking to see mainstream politicians denying the validity of science for political reasons, practice long associated with authoritarian regimes.

Oh, Newt. Newt, Newt, Newt. Seriously?

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

A man who worked to double research funding at the NIH now equates microscopic, invisible, frozen specks of cells with "children." Even cultural conservatives should see that as a manipulative bit of oratorical prestidigitation.

Conservatives Astroturfing a Brave New World (VIDEO)

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The Internet propaganda war is raging and far-ranging. It focuses on creating a revisionist alternative to history and established science, arguing that mainstream history and science is liberally biased.

I Knew Bachmann Would Double Down on Antiscience

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Michele Bachmann takes stands impulsively when they fit her predetermined ideology, pushes forward aggressively and single-mindedly to expand the intellectual argument, but she becomes so wedded to her position that reality no longer matters.

Science And Anti-Science At The Reagan Debate

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

GOP hopefuls are increasingly stuck between a rock and a hard place: how to satisfy the anti-science foot soldiers recruited into the base because of their passionate energy without alienating general election voters who view those positions as irrational.

Rick Perry Asked Why More Kids Are Getting Pregnant in Texas

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Instead of providing fact-based information, Perry's program uses fear and Jesus -- over-emphasizing the risks of STDs leading to cervical cancer, radical hysterectomy and death -- together with Christian morality.

Don't Let Satan Fool You: Why Michele Bachmann's Ideas About Public Education Are Bad for America

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has made a career out of waging the values battle in the culture wars. And a major part of that battle early on in Bachmann's career was the battle over teaching creationism in public school science classes.