Archive for June 7, 2012
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
— Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6
Just like Humpty Dumpty, Republicans in the House of Representatives and their Fox News enablers have started to decide what words mean. This week’s word: science.
Yesterday, DC outlined how the Republican-controlled North Carolina State Legislature has tried to define an acceptable rate of sea level rise from global warming.
I’ve written about how a Republican-led legislature in Tennessee decided that certain religious beliefs are actually science, while global warming is not.
During the Republican Presidential debates, candidate Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater, MN) just plain made up science to fit her preëxisting belief system.
And of course, the decades-long Republican War on Science is well-documented.
So it should come as no surprise that National Science Foundation (NSF) funding bill amendment, sponsored by Representative Jeff Flake (R-Mesa, AZ) and passed by the House last month, purports to define what is, and what is not, “science”.