Bill Nye may not be a scientist. But he used to play one on TV. Now he is an honorary co-chair and speaker for the “March for Science” in Washington D.C. and elsewhere on April 22.
The choice of Nye as one of the faces of the March is revealing. March organizers have paid lip service to critical thinking and “diverse perspectives” in science. However, Nye is a good example of someone who promotes science as a close-minded ideology, not an open search for truth.
He attacks those who disagree with him on climate change or evolution as science “deniers.” He wouldn’t even rule out criminal prosecution as a tool. Asked last year whether he supported efforts to jail climate skeptics as war criminals, he replied: “Well, we’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail the guys from ENRON?”More.
Well, as some of us have said, marchin’, marchin’ isn’t going to help much when most of the problems are actually back at the desk.
If what people want is lots of air time and few honest reappraisals, maybe Bill Nye is a good choice of figurehead.
As if science as such is just history now.
Very much as if science is a post-modern narrative and everyone gets their fifteen minutes.
See also: But PNAS: You are in the Marchers’ gunsights too…
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