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Liberals always deny science when it's necessary for liberalism

The celerity with which Western liberals besmirch the name of their own gods is extraordinary. Right now they are busy blackening the good name of empirical science. No philosophical conservative ever had any problem with empirical facts, but it has...

A Miscellany of Science

I suppose many here have already read what follows. Nevertheless, each article in its own way merits, and more than merely merits, what my merest sketches might hopefully supply: a meager few new readers. First is last month’s Atlantic with...

Environmentalism and abortion

Consider the extraordinary position of the liberal. Most liberals are environmentalists; and most liberals pro-abortion (at least in the sense of favoring a law that, in effect, permits abortion with impunity). Now, most liberals are, to their credit, not the...

Science and abortion

In all of our public disputes concerning science, there is no instance more glaring of one faction flat-out falsifying the established facts of empirical science, than that of the pro-choice faction, which must deny the fact that embryos and fetuses...

What do people say such things?

Someone involved in a Facebook debate about abortion referred positively to this paper by Peter Millican. There are so many things wrong with it that it would take a lot more time than I want to spend to discuss them...

GUEST POST: Go Left, Young Man!

GO LEFT, YOUNG MAN! Kenneth W. Bickford NOVEMBER 13, 2012 A STRANGE COINCIDENCE HAS REVEALED ITSELF between our quadrennial presidential election and the coincident year’s gridiron grudge match between the L.S.U. and Alabama football teams. For three decades now—going back...

The silly-clevers on the subject of babies

Adam Gopnik is a silly-clever at the New Yorker who thinks he has something to teach us all, and especially to teach Paul Ryan, about what Gopnik calls condescendingly "grownup thinking about abortion." According to Gopnik, Paul Ryan said something...

Scientific illiteracy in the NYT

We are being told these days from various and sundry quarters that scientific illiteracy is a great dishonor to politicians. I can't help wondering: Is it also a great dishonor to biology professors? How about biology professors who have a...

Talbott on randomness

The able polymath Stephen L. Talbott continues his provocative series in The New Atlantis on living organisms — their integrity, their complexity, their subtle immunities to reductionism of the sort that masquerades today as cutting-edge science. Much of the argumentation...

Talbott on organism

The always challenging Steve Talbott continues his series of sophisticated and searching critiques of the materialism that rules science these days. This rulership he regards as illegitimate, a kind of mental despotism issuing in numerous blunders and follies and, off...

Steve Talbott's genomic dynamite

In the current issue of The New Atlantis, the brilliant polymath Steve Talbott supplies a blockbuster essay, one in a promised series on “The Revolution in Biology.” For schoolchildren of the last couple generations, it would be difficult to overstate...

Department of Information--Who You Gonna Trust?

And hard on the heels of my post below on totalitarian leftists who want the government to establish our facts for us comes the news that Elena Kagan, when she was in the Clinton administration, wrote language for the supposedly...

Fragment on science and prudence.

For many years I have been of the opinion that the least trustworthy class of people in politics is scientists. To put the matter as starkly as possible, and with apologies to Mr. Buckley: I'd rather be governed by 200...

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