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Oct 27 2011

It ought to be up to Americans to decide what is true!

You must watch this episode of the Daily Show — it’s all about science. Lisa Randall is on it plugging her new book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door (she actually doesn’t get to say much about it, but I’ve ordered it for my iPad anyway — I know what I’ll be reading on the plane to New Orleans tomorrow), a good section on the recent confirmation of global warming, and my favorite bit of all, Aasif Mandvi blithely leading a chipper Republican operative to agree with the most egregiously ignorant, anti-science claims.

Mandvi: Why are surgeons the only ones allowed to perform surgeries?
Blithering Republican: Absolutely.
Mandvi: Doesn’t make any sense.
BR: It never makes any sense!
Mandvi: and the only other people who can check whether they’re manipulating…
BR: are other scientists!

It also features Marty Chalfie defending himself against accusations of rape.

(Also on Sb)

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  1. 1
    Tabby Lavalamp

    I watched this last night and my jaw dropped over how anti-science, anti-education, anti-learning that woman was, and cheerfully so! And apparently facts are anti-freedom, or at least the teaching of facts.

  2. 2
    GvlGeologist, FCD

    Oh, I saw that. I couldn’t believe (well, I could, but wish I couldn’t) that the rethug was that clueless. The new national platform seems to be that education is worthless. What’s worse is that she didn’t even catch on to the fact that she was being mocked. I never thought I’d hear the term “scientist” used as an insult.

    This is from a few years ago, but it seems that they still feel this way: “We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture” – as if being intelligent and educated are a bad thing.

  3. 3
    Peptron

    I remember saying jokingly in the past that those people would support mothers doing open-heart surgery to their babies without any formation whatsoever.

    I hate how my jokes have a prophetic element to it. I think I’ll go see James Randy and ask for my million.

  4. 4
    Lotharloo

    I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoy regular daily show episodes. While Jon Stewart is really good in exposing hypocrisy and the woeful state of American media, he is pretty weak when it comes to science. I remember once he appeared in Bill O’reilly’s show and he accused him (Jon Stewart) of believing in global warming and Jon Stewart’s answer was that he does not know which side is right. In this episode, he only mentioned the recent study which was not even relevant to “climategate” while ignoring that at least 4 or 5 different and independent investigations were launched into the hacked emails and none found serious fault with the science or the scientists.

    His comments about faith and God and science were also iffy.

  5. 5
    andyo

    I’ve also said about Stewart that he’s much too wishy-washy, but if you listen to Neil Tyson’s podcast in which he interviews him, you’d see he does know better. A whole LOT better than he lets everyone know in his show and standup. The Stephen Colbert interview is also great, btw, but I’ve always thought he was much more scientifically inclined than Stewart, despite being supposedly a devout catholic.

  6. 6
    thomasgrainger

    Is there a version of this I can see in the UK?

    Eg Torrent

  7. 7
    Glodson

    Wow. I know it was supposed to be funny, but I thought the bit with the Republican mouthpiece was scary. It is scary. That’s because plenty of people buy into that anti-science crap.

    Fuck facts when they don’t neatly fit into my understanding of reality, seems to be the central message from the Republican mouthpiece.

  8. 8
    andyo

    Is there a version of this I can see in the UK?

    Eg Torrent

    Answering your own question?

  9. 9
    Glen Davidson

    Not that they wouldn’t be quick to sue over the lack of credentials of any surgeon who botched a surgery.

    And they’d sue the unqualified “lawyer” who didn’t win them the money.

    Glen Davidson

  10. 10
    andyo

    Ah, btw, re: the link I gave above to Tyson’s podcast. There’s an older interview with Stewart as well, I don’t remember which one I listened to, but both should be great.

  11. 11
    LilPoppa

    thomasgrainger: If you have Firefox, download the add-on ‘Modify Headers’ and then go to Youtube and search ‘modify headers us’. There’s a 7ish minute video explaing how to use it. He uses the The Daily Show as an example, actually.

  12. 12
    ChasCPeterson

    scientists benefitting “financually” heh heh

  13. 13
    Q.E.D

    There is an explanation for this. Today’s conservatives live in a world where ideology is all that matters.

    Karl Rove apparently explained it thusly:

    The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” He continued “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.- Ron suskind, attributed to Karl Rove

  14. 14
    The Ys

    This stuff both horrifies and mortifies me.

    I don’t understand how these people are from the same country that I was born in. Even my religious wingnut family is smart enough to understand that you need a professional for certain things.

    AFAIK, Colbert is more intelligent than Stewart. If nothing else, he definitely has the edge on wit and sarcasm.

  15. 15
    Mattand

    I remember thinking that after Obama was elected in ’08, the Daily Show might have a hard time finding material to work with. George Bush and his supporters were a goldmine, comedically, and they were on the way out.

    If I had known that conservatives/Republicans were going to have the intellectual meltdown they’re currently in, the thought above would have never crossed my mind.

  16. 16
    Cwayne

    Many of our elected officials are dangerous idiots.

  17. 17
    Glen Davidson

    It ought to be up to Americans to decide what is true!

    I fought and died for just that reason!

    Glen Davidson

  18. 18
    Johnno

    I watched this show this morning and honestly thought the republican woman being interviewed was an actress! Am I wrong?

  19. 19
    miles

    http://www.icefilms.info/ip.php?v=144372& for those in the uk, install the add on from the home page and it should download extremely quickly.

  20. 20
    Usernames are smart

    #9 Glen

    Not that they wouldn’t be quick to sue over the lack of credentials of any surgeon who botched a surgery.

    Not if their wet-dream of “Tort Reform” became reality. The best they could hope for would be a paltry sum ($7,500 for wrongful death?).

    Most likely they’d get the automatic “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” forced arbitration solution (including the waiver of the right to sue in civil court).

  21. 21
    Lou Doench

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a Podcast? Why was I just informed of this?
    ;)

  22. 22
    Gareth

    @andyo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV8rdpF1qZs

  23. 23
    Gareth

    The daily show has completely inured me to the idiocy of republicans: nothing is surprising any more.

  24. 24
    Trebuchet

    I watched this show this morning and honestly thought the republican woman being interviewed was an actress! Am I wrong?

    Unfortunately, it appears you were not.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=655&q=noelle+nikpour&gbv=2&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=2717l4204l0l6495l7l7l0l0l0l0l256l1247l0.5.2l7l0&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw

    (If that doesn’t work, just Google “Noelle Nikpour”.

  25. 25
    Trebuchet

    Aaargh! Where’s the “edit” button.

    “Unfortunately it appears you were not” is exactly the opposite of what I meant to say. She’s real.

  26. 26
    DaveDodo007

    It ought to be up to Americans to decide what is true!

    What about us in the rest of the world? Do you then export your truth or do we have to just muddle on with the truth and facts and stuff?

  27. 27
    Matt Penfold

    Trebuchet,

    You had it right the first time!

  28. 28
    Kieren Lythgow

    Sounds like we have another Ann Coulter style mountain of diarrohoea to wade through with this woman.

  29. 29
    naturalcynic

    If there ever was an appropriate use for this epithet, she is it: XXXXXXXX.

    [Nope. --pzm]

  30. 30
    mouthyb

    I watched that last night with my mouth open. And .

  31. 31
    mouthyb

    Sorry, it’s supposed to be And whimpered.

  32. 32
    mouthyb

    naturalcynic: My cunt would like you to know that cunts don’t deserve the association.

    And, you know, it’s a shitty thing to use someone’s gender to insult their intelligence.

  33. 33
    Larry

    This dovetails nicely with the GOP efforts to slime Elizabeth Warren, who is running for Senator in MA against Scott Brown. Their method: she is referred to as Professor Warren because she taught at Harvard.

    This being in MA, home to some of the finest Universities in the world of which the state is justifiably proud. Mississippi, sure. Texas. Absolutely. But Massachusetts? It just demonstrates the contempt held by the mouth-breathers for education.

  34. 34
    mouthyb

    Thank you, tentacled overlord.

  35. 35
    And-U-Say

    1) I cannot believe that republican rep is not an actress following the Daily show script to make fun of real Republicans. No way. Nobody is that stupid, right? right? Common… right?

    2) Palatial research facilities. Great stuff.

    3) “A rapist would say that”. More great stuff.

    4) Lisa Randall Rocks the house. She makes her comments with such intelligence and clarity. She just oozes credibility. She and Neil will bring Science back to the mainstream (I hope). Maybe there is hope for our species after all.

  36. 36
    frustum

    You liberals don’t get it because you hate America and are jealous of the riches that rich people richly deserve.

    Science may make you feel good about yourself, with its “oh, let’s discover this and let’s discover that for the sake of mankind,” but let’s get real. The only thing that has ever worked is free market capitalism.

    The proper model is for scientists to provide answers the the highest bidder, providing the answers the market wants rather than what the scientist thinks reality wants.

    Each of you now owe me $5, payable in gold only.

  37. 37
    delosgatos

    Johnno wrote:

    I watched this show this morning and honestly thought the republican woman being interviewed was an actress! Am I wrong?

    Watching the clip, I thought she *must* be someone they staged to play the idiot. Poe’s law strikes again.

  38. 38
    mirax

    Right, it is the “Ämerican” to revile and mock scientists but uncritically lap up all the bullshit politicians and preachers feed them?

    Going by rightwing idiots on the internet, there are plenty of takers for this bullshit.

  39. 39
    jacobfromlost

    While we are all voting that Climate Change doesn’t exist, can we also vote to get rid of cancer, infant mortality, obesity, the need for oil, and “Jersey Shore” (just to name a few)?

    It was so wonderful that the Founding Fathers realized that democracy was magic, and you could change reality by majority vote!

  40. 40
    mirax

    Lisa Randall didnt answer one of Stewart’s questions. It seemed that he was asking about how science had become an endeavour that had no room for the average (smart)person tinkering in their garage. How it was all some elite and esoteric endeavour beyond the reach of the little guy (you know the american conceit for the average guy that is expressed ad nauseam)…

    She should have debunked that notion firmly. Even primary school kids can do original research and get published in journals.

  41. 41
    pickle surprise

    @ 4

    Does O Reilly deny climate change now? I remember a while back that he was one of the very few wingnuts who accepted that we were warming the planet. Maybe, he realised that him accepting reality made him a wicked intellectual elitist to his audience and so had to flip flop to appease the morons. It is really depressing how much loathing conservatives have for science and education. Where did their sense of wonder and curiosity go?

  42. 42
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    pickle surprise:

    Where did their sense of wonder and curiosity go?

    They realized intellectual curiosity and a willingness to discover the wonders of reality led to liberalism.

    And you know how terrible that is.

  43. 43
    Zugswang

    Right, it is the “Ämerican” to revile and mock scientists but uncritically lap up all the bullshit politicians and preachers feed them?

    Going by rightwing idiots on the internet, there are plenty of takers for this bullshit.

    It’s hard to think for yourself and take responsibility for your bad decisions. It’s easier to let people tell you what’s right and blindly accept it until it comes back to bite you in the ass. At that point, you change your tune, but you blame either (a) the people that have been speaking truth for not telling you the truth loudly enough or (b) an easily identified minority demographic that you don’t belong to.

  44. 44
    andyo

    @andyo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV8rdpF1qZs

    Thanks, but I wasn’t the one asking. I’m in the US, and although I can see the DS website, I have more nefarious ways of getting my Daily Show fix than a shitty frame-dropping flash player.

  45. 45
    Trebuchet

    1) I cannot believe that republican rep is not an actress following the Daily show script to make fun of real Republicans. No way. Nobody is that stupid, right? right? Common… right?

    She’s a Fox News Page 3 Girl contributor. They seem to go out of their way to hire attractive, but witless, female reporters. I suspect their viewers are largely middle-aged and above males.

  46. 46
    eric

    While we are all voting that Climate Change doesn’t exist, can we also vote to get rid of cancer, infant mortality, obesity, the need for oil, and “Jersey Shore” (just to name a few)?

    The real kicker is, even if voting for the truth worked, conservatives would still lose. Sin of all sorts would go way up, as people would vote out all potential negative consequences for it. I really hate to burst their bubble, but the puritans who would vote in favor of hangovers and STDs (as appropriate punishments) would be greatly outnumbered by the folks who don’t like those things.

    And as you pointed out about oil, most big businesses would collapse as we wouldn’t need them. The oil lobby isn’t going to have a lot of power when nobody needs oil. :)

    The whole thing is a pipe dream, but even so, it’s a liberal progressive pipe dream. Any conservative who thinks this is the way the world ought to work had better check what they’re smoking.

  47. 47
    Dan L.

    Stewart is a flabby friend of science, at best. When “climategate” first broke almost two years ago, he fell for it as hard as any talking head on Fox News. It is therefore particularly hypocritical of him to criticize other broadcast media for not covering this latest (and BTW, unrelated) story, since he ignored multiple independent investigations that cleared the scientists involved of any wrongdoing.

    But that’s OK, he’s “just a comedian,” right?

  48. 48
    Inane Janine, OM, Conflater Of Arguments

    I wish I could say that any of this surprises me. Funny, people like Noelle Nikpour are kept alive and live a high standard of life thanks to the efforts of the people she makes a living under minding.

  49. 49
    pickle surprise

    @ nigelTheBold

    That would explain a lot actually. Wingnuts are a tremendously tribal lot. One of the most annoying attitudes I come across is when people grumble about their tax dollars funding research. It leads to nincompoops like Sarah Palin claiming how terrible it is that those eggheads are using tax payer money to do research on fruit flies.

    Again it comes back to the lack of wonder and curiosity. If you were interested in fruit fly research you would realise that not only is it fascinating in the sense of discovering how mutations work (and how humans have many genetic similarities with fruit flies), you also would be interested to learn how this research can be of great use in medicine and biotechnology. I think this fact should make people not only happy to fund such research but demand their tax money fund it and other scientific endeavours rather than pointless wars. But I realise that I’m sort of preaching to the choir here a bit.

    Sorry for rambling. This sort of stuff just irritates me a lot.

  50. 50
    Kagehi

    Each of you now owe me $5, payable in gold only.

    You do realize that gold is actually worthless, Fort Knox is empty and the price is being artificially exaggerated, right? I know, because I saw it on a new-ish conspiracy TV show. And all those shows are “realer” than that sciency stuff!

  51. 51
    holytape

    Isn’t there room for comprise here. Atheist say that none of the universe was intelligently designed, and theist say that all of the universe is intelligently designed. My comprise theory is that a god intelligently design some of the universe.

  52. 52
    Leon

    It ought to be up to Americans to decide what is true!

    What about us in the rest of the world? Do you then export your truth or do we have to just muddle on with the truth and facts and stuff?

    That’s what the US military is for, remember? As Tom Lehrer put it:

    When someone makes a move
    Of which we don’t approve,
    Who is it that always intervenes?
    UN and OAS, they have their place I guess,
    But first–send the Marines!

  53. 53
    Canman

    In the interview, Jon Stewert asks Lisa Randel why we’re still stuck on fossil fuels. She replies that as a scientist, she can’t answer that. I would say that the preference for fossil fuels is a matter of economics, not science. The man whom I think sums it up best is Peter Huber:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D8rT2ttoS0

    In print:

    http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_2_carbon.html

    I’m sure some of his details can be nitpicked, but I do not see his total arguments being addressed.

  54. 54
    brucej

    I’m almost certain that that was fellow TDS cast member Olivia Munn because someone THAT idiotic couldn’t exist outside of Idiocracy.

  55. 55
    brucej

    It leads to nincompoops like Sarah Palin claiming how terrible it is that those eggheads are using tax payer money to do research on fruit flies.

    It’s even stupider than that. The “fruit fly” research that Sarah Palin was panning was research on species that are serious and very expensive crop pests in the US, particularly in California. The research was being done in Paris because a) they were co-condicting the research with the frigging Pasteur Institute, and they were conducting the research IN THE NATIVE RANGE OF THE FRUIT FLY.

  56. 56
    fauxreal

    the segment with Aasif Mandvi was excellent.

    he explained the process of peer review in a way that illustrates the reactionaries’ fear – their fear is a result of their ignorance. the reality is that people CAN verify what scientists say if they are willing to take the time to educate themselves – with a grounding in the sciences and math anyone can go to a public university and access research. but that requires someone to do something other than spout unsupported claims – and admitting the anti-science bias among too many conservatives calls into question their foundational beliefs, as well.

    and that’s why it’s easier for them to attack science rather than try to understand it.

    “It is difficult to get a man (or woman) to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

    That quote would apply to most religious and political conservative mouthpieces.

  57. 57
    Alex, Tyrant of Skepsis

    Lisa Randall is really smart, one of the leading people on Gravity and High Energy Physics of the last decade. If extra dimensions turn out to exist after all, she has chances of getting a Nobel. My first reaction to that question was – why is a brilliant high energy theorist expected to have opinions on fossil fuels? There are legions of actual energy theorists out there yelling ask me! ask me! I actually know this stuff!. So often, Nobel Prize winners are expected to say something smart about all kinds of things far from their expertise, which can go terribly wrong – for example someone in particular who built a superconducting device in his PhD, when he is asked what he thinks of the nature of reality.

    Then, on second thought, I thought, hey, it should be a challenge to everyone with a big brain (and brane, in this case) to spend at least some time thinking about these fundamental practical questions of humanity. (A fun example of that is CERNs own Carlo Rubbia. Love him or hate him, he is definitely engaging the energy problem.)

    But what is the most important thing here is probably not so much whether Lisa Randall has done research in energy technology, but rather that today, any popular person of science has the responsibility to act as a beacon of sanity and reason in the media landscape, no matter what the topic.

  58. 58
    Alex, Tyrant of Skepsis

    people CAN verify what scientists say if they are willing to take the time to educate themselves

    Yep. Maybe one should make the public (in particular the American so it seems) more aware of the fact that scientists are no more and no less than ordinary people (I sure am… *cough*) who have done hard work to understand a subject in depth, not alien brainz monsters bred in underground scientist production facilities. I think Brian Cox for example is doing a nice job giving science and scientists a human(e) face, as is Neil deGrasse Tyson in my opinion (me big fan).

  59. 59
    Jarred C

    Dan L @ 47,

    If you watched the episode, you’d know that one of the people Stewart mocks for falling for climategate two years ago was himself.

  60. 60
    madbull

    Why do they talk like scientists are a cult, these are all rich people, whats stopping them from getting a degree in science if they are so suspcious. They could do some labwork, see some evidence. Hell, they can do some of those things even without a degree in science!

  61. 61
    B

    Aw, c’mon, there are some benefits to engaging in amateur surgery. A comprehensive leech collection, for example……

  62. 62
    Paul Durrant

    I watched the show. Is it really true that the supposed republican really was a republican? I find it very hard to believe.

    Surely if she is a republican, it must be a wickedly edited interview. No-one could really believe the things she apparently agreed to, could they?

  63. 63
    Alex, Tyrant of Skepsis

    From the sources I’ve read, she was described as a strategy consultant or analyst working for the republicans, I am not sure whether she has ever held a position as an elected official.

  64. 64
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Paul Durrant,
    You’re not from here, are you?

    Not too long ago, we had Con-Pffffft-pedia asserting that reality had a liberal bias. Now they are editing the Bible to purge it if its liberal bias.

    To be a Rethuglican these days you have to believe
    1)A fertilized egg is a person
    2)that you can dump billions of tonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere with no effect whatsoever
    3)that it is just fine for 10% of the people to control 60% of the wealth
    4)that poor people should be taxed at the same rate (or higher) than the rich
    5)that Earth is 6000 years old, give or take
    6)and on and on.

    As Tim Dorsey says, “Ain’t nothin’ dumber than a poor Republican.”

  65. 65
    Inane Janine, OM, Conflater Of Arguments

    From the sources I’ve read, she was described as a strategy consultant or analyst working for the republicans, I am not sure whether she has ever held a position as an elected official.

    The same could be said for Karl Rove and Grover Norquist.

  66. 66
    Alex, Tyrant of Skepsis

    True that. I’m just arguing in favor of the American public here.

  67. 67
    Djahn

    “Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a Podcast? Why was I just informed of this?”

    Same here. I just subscribed to StarTalk.

  68. 68
    Dan L.

    @Jarred C 59:

    I noticed. My point was that he had ample opportunity over the next two years to admit he’d been played for a fool, but doesn’t appear to have been paying enough attention. Now he wants to slag other media outlets for not connecting this recent study to climategate, to which it in fact had no connection. He still doesn’t get it.

    As a defender of science, Stewart is lazy and unreliable. Had he kept himself informed, the climategate BS would never have caught him out. A bare minimum of checking with the sources available to him would have spared him the foolish statements on his own show and the miserable weaseling on O’Reilly’s. Apparently, he couldn’t be bothered to do a little fact checking.

  69. 69
    mephistopheles

    OMFG. Along with Trebuchet and delasgatos @37, I was all fired up to excoriate everyone with a tsk, tsk about not understanding satire, hyperbole and such. Now I just want to crawl under the covers, chew off my cuticles and pretend it was all a very bad dream. A reality I definitely do NOT want to acknowledge!

    Alex @ 57:
    “My first reaction to that question was – why is a brilliant high energy theorist expected to have opinions on fossil fuels?”

    I was kinda thinking the reason was b/c in her book she does comment on a wide range topics that aren’t strictly in her area, e.g., art, economics, Wall Street, so it seemed a fair question to me. And I agree with your conclusion: a scientist of her caliber, who also has the gift of presenting so well to the non-science population, is an important ambassador for bridging the gap between the value of basic theoretical research vs. practical application in the public’s mind. Considering the disciplined nature of their thinking that is the scientist’s stock in trade, I’m not too worried about someone like Dr. Randall saying anything too embarrasing for herself or on behalf of scientists in general.

  70. 70
    Doc Bill

    I’d like to offer another hypothesis. I spent some time watching YouTube videos of Nickpour being interviewed on various shows: Fox, Hannity, CNN and others.

    She comes across as a reasonable person, a moderate and she is not shy about bashing the GOP for nuttiness.

    So, I think she was in on the skit and playing along acting like the wing nut she rails against in interviews. She doubtlessly knows the wingnut position and articulates it well. I don’t think she holds those positions but, rather, acted the foil.

    At least, I hope so!

  71. 71
    pelamun

    That’s too bad. After his irrational love for Ron Paul, this is the second point against Jon Stewart.

    I haz a sad :(

  72. 72
    Ichthyic

    a flabby friend of science

    sounds like a good slogan for a tshirt…

  73. 73
    Ichthyic

    The whole thing is a pipe dream, but even so, it’s a liberal progressive pipe dream.

    The very kind of dream that leaves a smile on my face when I wake up in the morning.

    OTOH, conservative pipe dreams usually have me waking up screaming in the night.

  74. 74
  75. 75
    ckitching

    Why do they talk like scientists are a cult, these are all rich people, whats stopping them from getting a degree in science if they are so suspcious.

    Because they don’t see scientists. All they see are welfare queens driving welfare Cadillacs. And just like that nasty Reagan idea, it doesn’t matter if reality is completely different. It’s not just the scientists they see as getting fat on their dime — any and all government workers can be subject to that mindless slogan, “Government isn’t the solution; government is the problem!”

  76. 76
    BrianX

    ckitching:

    This isn’t even anything new. I think it’s a meme endemic to Christianity since at least the Dark Ages that anyone perceived as an opponent is in some way symmetrical to you — the Chanson de Roland has Muslims believing in a trinity of their own (Allah, Mohammed, and someone called Tervagant), even though that’s considered blasphemy in Islam. Certain approaches to religion seem to demand this; I’m sure someone who’s an expert in propaganda studies has written paper after paper on this subject. The American Right thinks it’s your God-given right to line your pockets any way you can get away with? Well, everyone must agree with you on some level, and if they don’t like it they’re probably trying to steal from you out of jealousy or whatever. I’m pretty sure that kind of insular thinking is why so many otherwise smart people become libertarians — they think that since they’re smart, they don’t need to pay attention to such dirty, plebeian things as evidence.

  77. 77
    joshuaz

    I suspect that the Daily Show interviewed multiple Republican strategists and then displayed the one that said the most blatantly anti-science issues.

    That said, dear God, what a fucking moron. Even with presentation bias… the fuck.

  78. 78
    Hazuki

    The darkly hilarious thing about all this is that, if God created everything, it is a kind of blasphemy not to study and gather evidence when making decisions; the decision not to is equivalent to idolatry and worship of one’s own mind, itself a created thing!

  79. 79
    fauxreal

    the real test of republican attacks on science is in their lives.

    if they go to a doctor who utilizes the germ theory of medicine – they are indicating they are lying about their beliefs.

    if they employ geologists to find oil – they are lying about their beliefs

    if they fly in an airplane, they are denying their beliefs (after all, gravity is just a theory too)

    if they don’t realize how these actions indicate what lying scumbags they are, they’re too fucking stupid to hold any position of power or authority over anyone.

  80. 80
    The Pint

    The only thing I could think of during that “interview” segment with Mandvi was to wonder if that woman had watched the original V and thought the “scientist conspiracy” made up by the aliens specifically to discredit scientists (as the people on Earth who were the highest threat to them) was actually a prescient warning about the nefarious purposes of scientists in real. Or something similarly nutty. Because apparently devoting years of your life to becoming an expert in something doesn’t mean that you know more than the average American, smartypants scientist types! FFS.

  81. 81
    The Pint

    Sigh. Typing fail. Meant to say “purposes of scientists in real life.”

  82. 82
    Jafafa Hots

    Conservative pipe dreams usually involve lead pipes and liberal skulls.

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    TJ

    I’m all for exposing the anti-sciencers, but I don’t think you can trust Daily Show interviews as being accurate.

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    truthspeaker

    Dan L. says:
    27 October 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Stewart is a flabby friend of science, at best. When “climategate” first broke almost two years ago, he fell for it as hard as any talking head on Fox News. It is therefore particularly hypocritical of him to criticize other broadcast media for not covering this latest (and BTW, unrelated) story, since he ignored multiple independent investigations that cleared the scientists involved of any wrongdoing.

    But that’s OK, he’s “just a comedian,” right?

    No, and yes.

    Ideally, it should be OK, because we shouldn’t be relying on comedians to analyze current events and ask tough interview questions. Expecting a comedian to be up to speed on scientific research really isn’t reasonable. We should expect journalists in broadcast and print media to be up to speed on it, to share the results of the climategate investigations, and to reveal when politicians are making false statements about reality.

    But in the US, we can’t rely on the mainstream press to do any of that. So we rely on comedians to do it instead. So while we should criticize Stewart for making those mistakes, we should be criticizing actual reporters, editors, publishers, and news producers a thousand times harder.

    But we know damn well they don’t give a shit, so we criticize Stewart instead, because two 30 minute comedy shows on Comedy Fucking Central have more intelligent news content than 24 hours of CNN and MSNBC combined.

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    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Anybody else notice a disturbing trend wrt this video. It’s become a firestorm on reality-based blogs, and unfortunately, a lot of the language is rather sexist–terms like media “whore”, legally blonde…. OK, this woman is a dumb as a box of rocks–serially stupid based on her columns and past statements–but I really wonder if it would have attracted this much attention and ridicule if the rube were not a conventionally attractive woman.

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