Field of Science

Ignore the science, pay the price

Yet another example of how dire the consequences of being dismissive of science can be is in South Africa*, whose President, Thabo Mbeki, didn't believe that HIV causes AIDS, and as a result is responsible for 365,000 deaths in the first five years of this century. (English, Danish.)

It's always painful to watch when pseudoscience wins over psolid science. As when Intelligent Design or creationism is taken seriously by school boards, or when global warming deniers have a shot at the presidency.

If I were President I would have two, nay, three science advisors. I'll even volunteer to be one of Obama's advisors. I'm just that generous and eager to please.

* Note to Sarah Palin: South Africa actually is a country. I know it's very confusing, but do try to remember.

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