This essay by JW Buckley is a wonderful exploration of a wicked development–dishonest post modern anti-science science in the service of political ideologies.
Yes Houston, we have a problem.
Understand this, in the post modernist world, arguments can be right even if the evidence refutes the assertion, becaaaaaaause politics trumps science and science is nothing more than a construct by the traditionalist oppressors, designed to suppress the new utopia.
I know, it’s confusing to consider–politics trumps science–but that may help you get from there to here–and navigate the treacherous waters of junk science in the service of political agendas.
Have a drink and consider a future with adjustable science–public discussion of science has been affected by such things now for a time–fallacies that work for the political agenda are a valuable thing. 1984 certainly was a great book, wasn’t it? What’s wrong with revisionist history and “adjusted” science?
I would point out that Mr. Buckley asserted something as part of the legitimate concerns of the enviros that is not true. The Ozone hole, as is so well discussed by people like Fred Singer, was not in danger, and we didn’t fix it by screwing around with propellents for sprays and refrigerants. The Ozone hole is a natural thing and I am not an astrophysicist so I will not comment further.