Why, in many cases, you’d be a fool to “trust science”
|September 1, 2018||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Peer review, Psychology, Science|
If you also think that data is a source of information, that is. And have to live in the real world.
… a survey of 479 sociology professors found that only 4 per cent identified as conservative or libertarian, while 83 per cent identified as liberal or left-radical. In another survey — of psychologists this time — only 6 per cent identified as ‘conservative overall’.
Just occasionally, though, a more balanced study does slip through the net — like the one just published by a team from Oxford University. The study by Nathan Cofnas et al — Does Activism in the Social Sciences Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists? — pours scorn on the idea that conservatives are any more anti-science than lefties. It’s not science they distrust so much as scientists — especially ones in more nebulous, activism-driven fields like ecology or sociology. As Cofnas told Campus Reform, a site that exposes left-wing bias at universities: ‘Conservatives are right to be sceptical. Take any politicised issue that is connected to some disagreement about scientific fact. I do not believe there is a single case in the last couple of decades where a major scientific organisation took a position that went against the platform of the Democratic party.’ He added: ‘What an odd coincidence that “science” always, without exception, supports the liberal worldview.’James Delingpole, “It’s not science I don’t trust – it’s the scientists” at The Spectator (UK)
Of course, one possible solution would be to quit regarding the social “sciences” as sciences. Why not regard them as what they really are: think tanks for progressive causes That’s socially respectable and much more accurate. Plus, it takes the heat off disciplines where facts matter.
See also: Study of the causes of science skepticism sails right by most obvious cause
Why so much bullying in science? All the current accused are Top People (and all are women too, so put your red Handmaid dowdies back in the cupboard, girl… For once we are talking about something else.)