I insist that ideologues on both sides are science-hostile; but which kind of politics is more of an obstacle to the advance of our understanding, is arguable. Since science is mostly carried out in places where Right Creationists, Geocentrists, etc. have no influence, but blank-slate Left “culturists” and po-mo words-have-no-meaning deconstructionists have tremendous influence, I’d guess the Left has the potential to do more damage, at least in the human sciences.I'd guess that Derbyshire is speaking largely from his 'gut' and giving his brain a break on this one. The Right is largely founded on assumptions derived from an absolute moral standard (gay marriage, abortion, small government, foreign intervention,...), which it puts before any 'derived' or proven methods or beliefs. In that respect, the Left seems to be less constrained in accepting new ideas and ultimately uncovering new truths, be it in the human or natural sciences.
05 February, 2009
posted by higgy at 5:19 PM