What is a “science denier”? It is an expression of abuse, similar to the word “dunce” (see Dunce (en.wikipedia.org)). Of course, just like those who once used the term “dunce”, those who make the accusation of “science denier” have thoughtfully and even scientifically considered how to make that accusation.
- Why don’t Republicans listen to scientists on coronavirus or climate? This ex-GOP Rep has surprising answers. (frontpagelive.com)
- How to Debate a Science Denier (scientificamerican.com)
Liberal Democrats most often apply the expression “science denier” to opponents of Climate Change, and that is sort of funny. Liberal Democrats use to refer to what they now call “Climate Change” as “Global Warming”, that is, until they could not show sufficient evidence of warming. So they changed the name. Name changes are typical of government programs. You want to get money from politicians? Then the last thing you want is a name for your cause or program that has an unfavorable connotation. Unfortunately, changing the name of “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” backfired. People saw the name change and laughed. Not even “explaining” the name change has much helped, but the advocates have tried. See here (skepticalscience.com), here (forbes.com), here (climate-skeptic.com), and here (climate.nasa.gov) for examples.
Does their recent lack of success mean Liberal Democrats have given up accusing their opponents of denying or ignoring science? No. Consider the latest is the controversy over keeping everything shut down to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Brian Kemp is bucking political and news media opposition to reopen up his state, Georgia. Here are some examples of the flack he is taking.
- Atlanta mayor urges residents to stay at home as governor reopens state: ‘Look at the science’ (thehill.com) – Here the issue is science.
- Georgia’s Covid-19 reopening pits white governor against black mayors (theguardian.com) – Here there is a twist, race.
- Georgia governor’s decision to start reopening state draws mixed reactions from business owners (nbcnews.com)
- Georgia governor to reopen some businesses as early as Friday as other states signal similar plans (www.cnn.com)
Are Governor Kemp and the other governors who want to open their states for business ignoring the science? Check out his explanation, Georgia gov defends plan to reopen gyms, nail salons, says state ‘taking a measured step’ (foxnews.com).
The problem with “fighting” COVID-19 is that our response has been based upon guesswork. Because we don’t actually know how many people have gotten the virus without getting sick, we don’t actually know the lethality of the virus. We just BELIEVE we can slow the spread of COVID-19, but we cannot stop it. We also know that only certain people, the elderly and those with certain preexisting conditions that make them especially susceptible, are likely to die from the virus. Therefore, we should try our best to protect the vulnerable, but it only makes sense to open up the economy for business until the number of people in our hospitals becomes a concern.
There is, after all, a tradeoff. The longer we shut down our economy, the poorer we will become, and poor people have less capacity to protect their health. Poverty leads to all kinds of health problems.
One other thing. Remember all news reports come from biased people! Most of the mass media is owned, controlled, and operated by just a few people. Liberal Democrats dominate the mass media and educational institutions. Even search engines like Google produce biased results. Therefore, we have to doublecheck and triple check everything.