I made the mistake of watching the “First In The South Democratic Forum” over the weekend. Among all the pandering to women, gays, and ethnic minorities and between promises of free stuff, one other thing the candidates touted really irritated me. Democrats perpetually insist they are the party that believes in science. This is usually done in response to their dubious claims about “climate change” (Formerly known as global cooling, then global warming). But they repeat this over and over again on a range of issues from racial disparities, to gender egalitarianism, right down to the absurd insistence that people can change their gender and schools ought to be forced to make boys and girls shower together.
What do you get when you trust government with science? An immeasurable number of people convicted, imprisoned, and even executed on completely bogus pseudo-science.
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison.
The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals, highlighting the failure of the nation’s courts for decades to keep bogus scientific information from juries.
While hair samples don’t tie into what we commonly term as political correctness, that is exactly what caused this disaster. Political correctness, in the sense that what scientists and scientific journals had published was completely false, but was deemed correct simply because it was accepted by people of a certain status. Juries ignored reality, and instead trusted doctors in white coats before sentencing men to decades, life in prison, or even death.
I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating and I’ll go into a bit more detail on this episode. This leftist grip on the sciences is a thing we were warned about a long time ago. From Alan Sokal and the “Science Wars” of the mid ’90s, we got “Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels With Science” in which scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt warn that leftist influences on science and academia posed a threat to the very concept of science, and perhaps even the survival of the species.
Fast forward to October of 2015, when Bo and Benjamin Winegard see the problem as it has come to fruition in their paper “A Social Science Without Sacred Values“. In it, they discussed the “paranoid egalitarian meliorist” as having virtually taken over the sciences and academia, and their hostility toward the very concept of science making honest intellectual inquiry impossible. Their hostilities towards certain inquiries, combined with the popularity of their nonsense ideas chases out true intellectuals, they gain the seats of power, their biases influence hiring, and peer review. The bias in hiring and peer review, then feeds back into the system, since only those who agree with their anti-scientific worldview can get hired or get their papers reviewed by respected peers. And on the cycle goes as mankind’s very capacity to understand the universe is diminished to the point of worshipping volcano gods and human sacrifice.
The Democratic party doesn’t “believe in science” they have spent decades trying to destroy it.
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