Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A post from Denver

Since someone has to be posting on this blog, I'll do it! :)
Finally, a breath of fresh air. This makes me feel a little better - at least academia isn't all alone on this one. Someone's calling a spade a spade...
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/opinion/05krugman.html?th&emc=th

2 Comments:

At 9:25 AM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Hey... not all Republicans are against science!

Anyway, I am going to go out on a limb here with a few statements, but I would refute the idea that Republicans are anti-science (it's a good democratic talking point that I have heard in more than a few places).

Here is one of my "out on a limb statements", but I don't think that most Republicans don't believe in the idea evolution. Intelligent design is more like what they would (and I) believe.

Secondly Republicans oppose stem-cell research (or more specifically federal funding for stem cell research... but you won't hear that on Air America Radio). This has to do with the belief that stem cell research exploits human life for scientific gain... a claim that I see as very valid.

But this idea that Republicans are against science is absurd. When was the last time you heard Republicans denounce the internal combustion engine, or high-definition TV? Does Bush not want to send us to Mars?

Now don't get me wrong... I think the Academic Bill of Rights is a colossal waste of legislature, but don't paint it as this idea that college biology professors are now going to have to teach that the Earth is 6000 years old. Republicans aren't that anti-science (I hope!).

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Having said all that... also, does it surprise anyone that colleges and universities are so liberal? Let's be realistic. The academic environment and the corporate environment are two different beasts.

The academic environment is about thoughts, ideas, smokin weed with the kids and discussing philosophy. The corporate environment is about the bottom line. How do we make a greater profit?

Republicans are money making machines and democrats are hippies. Why are we trying to reconcile this with legislation? Let's just accept it and move on.

Seriously though hasn't it been this way since the dawn of time? Universities are havens for liberal ideas and plenty of Conservative Rebulicans have managed to get through unscathed. We have thicker skin than that!

 

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