Science under siege by government? This time, in Argentina
|January 17, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
From U Buenos Aires molecular biologist Alberto Kornblihtt at Nature:
To complete the landscape of nonsense, the chief of the cabinet of ministers, Marcos Peña, attacked one of the fundamentals of science by saying that “critical thinking has done too much damage to our country”. He continued: “Some people in Argentina think that being critical is being smart. Our government believes that being smart is being enthusiastic and optimistic.”
This is gobbledygook, yet it neatly fits the New Age concept of the “revolution of happiness” proclaimed by Macri as a lubricant for social conflicts. Colleagues around the world should know that, in this new Argentina, science and technology could become dispensable. More demonstrations are sure to follow. We will not give up our scientific heritage and future without a fight. More.
Critical thinking only hurts people who don’t make use of it. But like we said, there is no party of science. Science goes where it is wanted.
See also: What? Is no political party the “party of science”?
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