The Common Denominator

By Keith Kloor | January 10, 2013 2:54 pm

The underlying basis for why some people become so fiercely opposed to genetically modified crops or to action on climate change is often not grounded in science. That’s why I’ve come to believe that the anti-science tag is misused and a distraction from what’s really at play.

An example of what I mean is captured below in two tweets. The first is from former TV meteorologist Joe Bastardi, who is often cited approvingly by Anthony Watts and many others in the climate skeptic community:

The second tweet comes from a popular anti-GMO website:

What is the common denominator for both of these attitudes? If you need a hint, scroll around the site of Cultural Cognition.

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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