RE: Conservatives and Science
I agree with a lot of what Yuval, Jonah, and Kathryn have said about conservatives and science. I won’t try to summarize my views on this topic as a whole, but instead will point to the two articles I’ve written on it.
In reaction to these specific comments, I don’t think that I’ve described conservatives as anti-science. I’ve tried to say that conservatives have not been rigorous about distinguishing between assertions that are scientific vs. those that are non-scientific. In many cases, liberals have carefully muddied this distinction, and tried to apply the prestige of scientific certainty to statements that are really ethical or political judgments. I think that this is true of both the global warming and evolution / ID debates. Further, I think that the lack of conservative engagement on this topic has been bad, both on the merits and the politics, and both for conservatives and for America.