Ronald Nigh wrote:
> The Bond pro-bioitech speech in the senate has been turned into an
> editorial in Science (Feb 18)..
It's so cute when senators talk about science. Since the average US
senator is probably slightly less knowledgable about science than the
average US citizen, it seems entirely fitting that one write an
editorial about how easily confused the public is. Who better to
comment on ignorance and confusion?
What is more disturbing is the apparent inability of senators to discuss
subject matter in which they DO have some background, and where there is
good reason to believe that they do know the difference between a valid
and a false argument.
I imagine the typical reader of Science will not even need a responding
editorial to see that for what it is. But don't let me discourage
anybody from writing one, if you see fit. Of course Science will print
it if a senator writes in, it saves Science the hassle of worry over
whether if will be considered improper if they refuse to let such views
be aired. Let him talk--yawn--
Or we can play "count the straw man" or "find the false dilemma" or
another such fun game. It would be a nice assignment for an 8th grade
language class. Kids enjoy being able to dissect the bad writing and
sloppy thinking of adults, I have discovered, and it seems a useful way
to harness their creative energies.
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