This article – extracted from New Scientist – provides a valuable summary of the anti-science attitudes of US Republicans. Its the usual stuff – climate change delusionism, giving equal status to Biblical and evolutionary theories of the origin of the human species, diseases caused by immunisations and so on.
This type of irrational credulity created free market fundamentalism and the GFC but is, at core, far more significant than this catastrophic economic event. It represents a backward step in the evolution of the human species towards a mindless endorsement of group irrationality.
The Australian conservative movement is becoming infected by this irrationality virus – a development which threatens both its intellectual viability and our future. The CIS, Quadrant and the IPA have not always been irrational groupthink tanks that disrespected science.