Saturday, December 27, 2008

News Flash: Stars and Politicians are Science Illiterates

Of course, this news piece (and others like it) never mention the words "global warming," because the news media is scientifically illiterate on that subject. They're illiterate because they've forgotten a central tenant of science--DEBATE SHOULD NEVER BE DISCOURAGED OR FEARED.

When it comes to global warming, the media, the celebrities, the politicians, and even some of the scientists (those who've forgotten an openness to debate) are NO BETTER than you either.

Scientific illiteracy all the rage among the glitterati - Science, News - The Independent

When it comes to science, Barack Obama is no better than many of us. Today he joins the list of shame of those in public life who made scientifically unsupportable statements in 2008.

Closer to home, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith faltered on the science of food, while Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey and Demi Moore all get roastings for scientific illiteracy.

The Celebrities and Science Review 2008, prepared by the group Sense About Science, identifies some of the worst examples of scientific illiteracy among those who profess to know better – including top politicians.

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