Monday, November 19, 2012

Why it matters that Rubio thinks it matters that he's not a scientist

Krugman tells us why we should care that Marco Rubio thinks it doesn't matter how old he thinks the earth is:
But here’s what you should realize: when Rubio says that the question of the Earth’s age “has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow”, he’s dead wrong. For one thing, science and technology education has a lot to do with our future productivity — and how are you going to have effective science education if schools have to give equal time to the views of fundamentalist Christians?

More broadly, the attitude that discounts any amount of evidence — and boy, do we have lots of evidence on the age of the planet! — if it conflicts with prejudices is not an attitude consistent with effective policy. If you’re going to ignore what geologists say if you don’t like its implications, what are the chances that you’ll take sensible advice on monetary and fiscal policy? After all, we’ve just seen how Republicans deal with research reports that undermine their faith in the magic of tax cuts: they try to suppress the reports.

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At 12:25 PM, November 20, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

I seem to recall reading recently that climate-change denier James Inhofe (R-OK) is trying to get appointed as ranking member of the Senate science committee. I was going to say "heaven help us," but that doesn't seem quite appropriate in this context.

At 4:09 PM, November 20, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

"Marco Rubio Needs Evolution":

"...Many mysteries remain about the origins of the universe; how rapidly it has expanded, and how all the atomic parts fit together. There is a lot left to learn. But not about whether or not the universe was created in seven days. It wasn’t. Rubio is wrong—it is not a dispute for theologians. It is not a dispute at all. There are not two sides to every issue. Some have thirteen sides and others have one. The only thing that Rubio got right in his conversation with Hainey (besides the moral power of Eminem’s lyrics) is that he is 'not qualified to answer a question like that.'"


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