I don’t usually write posts that are just quotes, but sometimes it’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane. Back in the day, this guy used to be one of the sharpest pro-science writers around, and I used to really love reading his stuff. I wonder whatever became of him.
“At its most basic level, the modern Right’s tension with science springs from conservatism, a political philosophy that generally resists change. The dynamism of science – its constant onslaught on old orthodoxies, its rapid generation of new technological possibilities – presents an obvious challenge to more static worldviews. From Galileo to Darwin and beyond, this conflict has played out repeatedly over the course of history.”
—Chris Mooney, The Republican War on Science, p.5. Perseus Books Group, 2005.