We talked a bit about the growing conservative distrust of science and the smart idiot effect this weekend. Now, the story is starting to trickle into mainstream media:
(US News) — Gauchat says conservatives’ rebellion against the “elite” and the shifting role of science in society is to blame for the decline. He argues that the conservative minority has rebelled against science in the same way it has against media and higher education.
Why might conservatives specifically discredit education, media, and science, and by extesnion academia? Simple, these are all independent sources of credible information that could potentially contradict conservative propaganda and disinformation.
Sowing doubt about credible sources of info is an old trick, one that’s been used by dictators and theocrats throughout history, and still used all over the world to this day. It may serve the conservative cause for now, but it can lead to situations like what one sees on Israel-Palestine threads, where participants cannot even agree on the most basic facts. Confusion, conflation, misinformation, anger and fury, these are all great environments to run a scam or work a con, but it’s a terrible way to run a first-world country that depends on thousands of applications of science for the well-being of its citizens everyday.