Good Day World!
At one time the earth was considered flat, and to deny that absurdity meant imprisonment, or worse.
Here we are in the 21st century with presidential candidates who apparently can’t make up their minds about basics of modern science –
(Photo - Ben Carson)
that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, that humans evolved from earlier primates over millions of years, and that people are making the world dangerously warm.
Somehow, in the twisted minds of some GOP presidential hopefuls, science is bogus. Instead of rational enlightenment, these wannabes pass off religious myths that are really more about values than reality.
Outdated values to be sure, that don’t reflect facts. And each one thinks he/she should lead the free world.
You have a neurosurgeon who believes the human brain is too complex for anyone but God, an ophthalmologist who refuses to talk about the age of the Earth, and a Harvard-trained lawyer beloved by creationists.
Each one raises the prospect of an election without science. A leader who rejects known facts about the world we live in.
Retired doctor Ben Carson joined senators Rand Paul (the ophthalmologist) and Ted Cruz (the Harvard alum) on the campaign trail recently, vying for the Republican nomination against each other and other confirmed and likely candidates including Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.
How do these candidates get away with denying science?
The answer, I fear, is simply partisanship. If the brand stands for myths as opposed to facts, the candidates become slavish followers to get money from the national party.
Perhaps even more scary, they are the people who put ideology above humanity.
Time for me to walk on down the road…