Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bad science is no respecter of politics

Is it fair to brand the right as anti-science and the left as pro-science? No.

Did you know, for example, that Barack Obama said, concerning vaccines and autism:

"We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included..."

Well, so did John McCain.

There's much more in this web cast from C-SPAN Book TV including a general discussion of the hazards of opening scientific discussions to the arena of public debate. Discussions of science should inform policy. They should not be mixed with or driven by a policy agenda.

There's plenty of bad science on both sides of the aisle.

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