22 August 2013

" Today . . . it is politically effective, and socially acceptable, to deny scientific fact."

Two things about this Op Ed - "Welcome to the Age of Denial" - from The New York Times caught my eye. The first is that the author, Adam Frank, is a colleague from the University of Rochester. The second is that among the egregious examples he recounts is the disastrously ignorant behavior of many parents in Oregon where my young son lives with regard to immunizations. Even though I think the view of science (and especially its insulation from politics) Frank presents here is a bit of a caricature, I largely agree with the thrust of the argument.

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