The Left’s Alternate Facts

Alex Caro has an essay over at Real Clear Science that deals with how postmodernism on the Left can wind up being anti-science.

When it comes to science, the left has time and again attacked the view that science can make strong truth claims. Science, in this view, is merely one way of knowing among many, making the conclusions of science open to challenge by those who reject its methods and norms, even if they have little understanding of what it is they are criticizing. After all, these norms are arbitrarily ‘constructed’ by those with power and thus must be deconstructed by the oppressed (i.e., the children of wealthy elites attending expensive Western liberal arts schools).

Thus, activists are free to oppose the use of GMOs and vaccines—using precaution as a justification for perpetual inaction—even when these technologies demonstrably increase the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

OTOH, they are also free to pick which Science they want to see as settled. A hundred years ago, Progressives were all for eugenics. This became somewhat less popular after certain events in Europe during the ’30s and ’40s. Now, it’s GMOs and vaccines and climate and gender.

Read the whole thing.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Voting for Donald Trump will cause global warming. Mother Jones says so. It has a post up titled Why a Donald Trump Victory Could Make Climate Catastrophe Inevitable.

Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth.

Read the whole thing. It’s an interesting analysis. Wrong. But interesting.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

HeatStreet has a post up about a paper from some sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania which points out the terrible effect zoos are having reinforcing gender stereotypes.

The study says that adults seem to want to characterize zoo animals according to “binary” gender terminology, forcing the camels and penguins and elephants of this world to conform to either “male” or “female,” even though those particular zoo animals haven’t truly examined whether they would like to identify as their birth gender. Although zoology does allow for checking the actual sex of an animal, adults should, apparently, refrain from referring to zoo animals as a “girl” or a “boy,” unless they’ve asked the said animals.

Read the whole thing.

Opaque Transparency

Remember Obama’s promise to run the most transparent administration ever? Obama White House showed ‘bad faith’ in global-warming case, judge rules.

Mr. Holdren’s [Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology] staffers first said they couldn’t find many documents. They then tried to hide their release by saying the documents were all internal or were similar to what was already public.

Each of those claims turned out not to be true.

Read the whole thing.

Suing to Shut People Up

Lawfare is not limited to pro se thugs with personal grudges. Several U. S. states and a territory may be about to try to chill free speech about an important scientific question. What’s Up With That? takes a look at a proposal to use RICO laws to go after people who do not believe the “settled science” concerning climate change.