Ideology with charts and graphs and a very low tolerance threshold for disagreement.
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I believe I can state the gospel according to Darwin succinctly: A series of small, random mutations with survival value brought us, in four and a half billion years, from the single cell bacterium to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
One would have to be a pluperfect fool to believe this today. So once again conservatives have the analytical advantage of their liberal brothers and sisters, but are still labeled hayseeds by academics.
I asked Gauchat if skepticism about global warming and about Darwin’s theory of evolution means that the skeptics don’t trust science. All I can say about his answer is that it was long and, well, nuanced. But more than a little short on clarity. Asked if he would locate himself on the ideological spectrum, Gauchat said he didn’t accept “labels,” though he bandies the label conservative about in his study. He would only say that he considers himself a “pragmatist” in the tradition of John Dewey and William James, two thinkers who were firmly on the cultural left, and full of as much humbug as Gauchat’s study.
Fortunately most science, at least in the hard sciences, is not as squashy and ideologically tendentious as this example. To the extent that it is, conservatives, and others, have every reason not to trust it. If Darwinists and global warmers want conservatives to accept their theories, they need to scare up some credible evidence for them. Just using faux science to define conservatives as hicks because they won’t go along with the gag won’t do.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?