Saturday, January 31, 2015

NPR's Science Friday: Brilliant Encounter Between Immunologist & Vaccination Denier

Alan: The following Sound Cloud audio file features immunologist Paul Offit who gives an incomparably lucid presentation on science denial and how science denial is justified by faith, whether sacred or secular.

No matter what science reveals -- and regardless the incontrovertible clarity with which scientific finding is demonstrated -- denialist faith always trumps fact.

In this audio file, immunologist Offit engages an articulate, upper middle class mother from Raleigh, North Carolina, who -- when confronted by scientific proof that invalidates her mistaken suppositions -- summarily dismisses Offit's scientific clarity by saying: "I don't believe it."

To my knowledge there is no better revelation of anti-science obtusity/perversity than this clip.
"The Danger Of Science Denial"
TED Talk by Michael Specter

Jenny McCarthy: Poster Girl For Self-Terrorization

How the death of epistemology validates rhetorical vapidity:
  1. The Guardian: "John Oliver's Viral Video Is The Best Climate Change Debate You'll Ever See"

Stewart, Colbert, Oliver Probe The Spectacular Idiocy Of Climate Change Deniers

Bill Maher: The Zombie Life Cycle Of Republican Lies. They Never - Ever - Die

JAN. 30, 2015

Scientists and the Public Disagree on Key Issues

  • Lee Rainie
    Director Internet, Science, and Technology Research
    Pew Research Center
    Washington, D.C.
  • Michael LaCour
    Doctoral Candidate
    Department of Political Science and Statistics
    Affiliate, California Center for Population Research
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
  • Tim O'Brien
    Assistant Professor, Sociology
    University of Evansville
    Evansville, Indiana
  • Brendan Nyhan
    Assistant Professor, Government
    Dartmouth College
    Hanover, New Hampshire

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