13 Apr '11, 12pm

How the War on Science Works--And How to Respond

How the War on Science Works--And How to Respond

Sadly, it will not just be the science itself that will be attacked, it is the reputation of the individual scientists. The science actually would be the easiest to defend. The classic method is to attack the scientist and try to discredit him/her for some completely non-germane thing and in the process, trash the individual's reputation. (This is akin to trying to discredit a rape victim because she wore a short skirt...it's victim blaming). So, if the attacker can dredge up a picture of the scientist from his/her college days in the 1960s holding a beer and wearing a Che T-shirt, they will use this to say the person is a communist or a fascist or whatever. Discrediting their "patriotism." Or if the person served on the board of Planned Parenthood, or her church, attack attack attack based on perceived "politics". It's a vicious unfair battle that most scientists, or just...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/how-war-science-works-and-how-r...

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