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Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy: Scientific American

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The Founding Fathers were science enthusiasts. Thomas Jefferson, a lawyer and scientist, built the primary justification for the nation's independence on the thinking of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and John Locke—the creators of physics, inductive reasoning and empiricism. He called them his “trinity of three greatest men.” If anyone can discover the truth by using reason and science, Jefferson reasoned, then no one is naturally closer to the truth than anyone else. Consequently, those in positions of authority do not have the right to impose their beliefs on other people. The people themselves retain this inalienable right. Based on this foundation of science—of knowledge gained by systematic study and testing instead of by the assertions of ideology—the argument for a new, democratic form of government was self-evident.

I'm reminded of why conservatives lost their faith in science in the first place.

I believe history is going to be increasingly unkind to the administration of George W. Bush as an example of what happens when we don't respect science.

 But wealthy people and NeoCons in America will forever be indebted to George W. Bush; he served his masters very well, indeed.

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