The right's troubled relationship with science is well
documented, but what about the left's?
Liberal-leaners have their own set of anti-science beliefs on a par with creationism, writes
Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic
magazine and popular figure on the smart set lecture circuit, in Scientific American
One example: "cognitive creationism." That's the name Shermer gives to the idea that human character and intelligence are shaped entirely by nurture, not by nature.
"Belief in the mind as a tabula rasa
shaped almost entirely by culture has been mostly the mantra of liberal intellectuals," writes Shermer. He points to groups such as the "Orwellian-named" Science for the People
, which aims to combat the idea that men and women might have different brains (just for example).
Another area where liberal sacredness rears its head is the environment, says Shermer:
"Whereas conservatives obsess over the purity and sanctity of sex, the left's sacred values seem fixated on the environment, leading to an almost religious fervor over the purity and sanctity of air, water and especially food."
Via Scientific American