A. Barton Hinkle on Why Conservatives and Liberals Reject Science


The disconnect between reality and belief ceases to be a mystery if you assume that arguments about science are really surrogates for something else. In this light, the GOP's truculent resistance to warnings about climate change ceases to baffle. Most of those warnings have come from the left, or sources perceived as left-wing. Before liberals start to feel too smug about all of this, writes A. Barton Hinkle, they need to look back at the numerous instances when they, too, have rejected science for the sake of ideology.