Jul 01 2008
I am getting the feeling this country is at a breaking point with hyper-partisan dribble. I know I am. Not everyone is worked up to a fevered pitch, but those who are too many times run on a nasty combination of arrogance and ignorance. Needless to say they are also running low on respect and tolerance.
I recently had it out with a conservative friend on the issues of science and politics. We were discussing how the green liberals have latched onto the mythology of global warming and denigrate those who simply note the data, the reality, is not supporting their theories (they are not facts by any stretch of the imagination). The reason we had it out is in the middle of this common ground debate they guy went off and hoped the ‘science’ of global warming would be an example for the demise of the true science of genetics and evolution. Needless to say this guy supports the unproven mythology of Creationism and Intelligent Design (something I addressed recently in this post).
When did a lack of education become the badge of expertise? I ask that because my friend has no clue what biology or genetic or evolution is about, yet he thinks science is all ‘opinion’ so therefore his ignorance is equal to everyone else’s ‘opinion’. You can probably tell this was a major dust up, but I use it as the conservative mirror image of the same crap coming from the Church of Al Gore. After a decade of flat or falling global temperatures, after two decades where temperatures maybe increased 0.2Â° C instead of the 0.6Â° – 1.0Â° C predicted by the Church of Al Gore, we have a similar combination of ignorance and arrogance ignoring reality on the far left.
As someone who knows a lot about science and the scientific method it saddens me to see so much ignorance being given credibility. It seems everyone needs a religion of some kind to wail against established facts for some reason. Why? I haven’t a clue.
For the left it is Global Warming. The Earth’s temperature has not been rising, and even the Priests from the Church of Al Gore recently admitted the current data shows another decade of falling temperatures to come. Yet ignorant and arrogant people run around with C+ High School science backgrounds and claim the science is settled!
For the far right, instead of seeing God’s hand and plans in the code he established to create life on this planet, people with C+ High School backgrounds in science and biology run around and claim evolution and genetics don’t really exist. Too bad they spent all those years with their mind’s eye closed to see the reality, but I can point to the common cold as proof of genetic evolution – those little viruses evolve each year. And there are millions of studies proving the force of evolution. The problem is most people run around with a cartoon level grasp of evolution, not a deep understanding to see the reality.
OK, enough on these two matters. Again, being someone with a science and engineering background the political fringes on matters of science are as silly to me as those who claim NASA faked the missions to the moon. Just another group proudly and arrogantly displaying their ignorance.
I understand most of these people have the best of intentions. But so did medieval ‘doctors’ who tried to bleed out the evil in patients or use slugs to suck it out. These people back then really, really wanted to save the sick. These people were trying everything they knew to save the sick. But the fact remains they were ignorant. They did not know that the blood carries the antibiotic forces to fight off illness, and in fact they were making things worse and killing patients who may have been able to tough it out. You don’t send surgeons to repair passenger jets, and you don’t ask a rocket scientist to do brain surgery. Even the most accomplished need to realize their limits, best intentions are not enough.
But this completely lost perspective on science seems to be evidence of a more universal problem. People are running around telling everyone else what to do, as if freedom of speech is freedom to nag and control others. You get these purity putsches on the left and right, running amok on wild theories and simpleton solutions to nagging problems generations have failed to fix.
We have the far left claiming democracy and freedom in Iraq and the Muslim world is impossible to achieve, while the far right claims we are being attacked through our southern border and all illegal aliens must be deported or forced to leave. Neither of these views is accurate or useful. But boy, do people scream a lot about how they will save America and world with this garbage.
Maybe it’s just me, but this election is turning into a real downer, a rehash of all the same liberal and far right paranoid delusions and fears we have been hammered with for decades now. We will lose the world’s respect by winning in Iraq, we are being overtaken by hispanics, the Earth is warming, evolution is a lie, we did not go to the moon and the Earth is flat. Ugh!
We need some fresh new ideas and we need to end the hyper-partisan dribble. And no, Barack Obama is not the answer. He’s just a smooth talking politician, real good at hiding his intentions and shifting his speeches to tell audiences what they want to hear. We need “genuine change“. We need the change in tone Bush has tried to impose and he himself has followed through 8 years of yapping idiots. We don’t need a smooth delivery, we need sincere respect and tolerance and pride in our country.