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So true and so sad.
Fifteen pages of
Sam Sydney Harris science cartoons here:
My favourite is #2 on page one.
As Ricky points out in the next post - the cartoonist is Sydney Harris, not Sam Harris.
Believe nothing you hear and only half what you see.
Fifteen pages of Sam Harris science cartoons here:
Their entire ideology is predicated on science denial. They also have creationists and anti-vaxxers, frequently in high level positions of power. Mike Pence and Ben Carson are examples of creationists that come readily to mind. Yet the sheer ignorance of science doesn't even end there, especially if you pay attention to the narrative and memes from the Alt-Right.
One key component of their belief structure is that of the Alpha Male, the idea that humans are organized into a pack hierarchy like wolves, and that there are the dominant or Alpha types, and the submissive or Beta types. Yet this idea is based on a flawed study by Rudolph Schenkel from 1947 that limited its observations to wolves living in captivity. The problem with captive animals is that they have no room to spread out and expand their territory, therefore conflicts are going to break out over limited resources, and these can turn violent at times. This is not the natural behavior of wolves. In the wild, the younger members of the pack would branch off and form their own packs. Even among animal species considered vicious or dangerous, violent disputes are avoided whenever possible, because no individual wants to get injured or killed if they can help it. In reality, what we think of as a "wolf pack" is actually just a family, with the biological parents as the head of the family, and their offspring as followers.
Right wingers assert that someone like Donald Trump is an Alpha Male because they are trapped in the authoritarian mindset, always looking for a strong figure to be obeyed, which says more about them than it does about anyone else. Trump isn't even an Alpha according to their own ideological framing, as he licks the boots of the Republican establishment, and is subservient to foreign leaders like Muhammad Bin Salman and Benjamin Netenyahu. Trump will do anything to get Wall Street cash, just like his predecessors, and he desperately wants to be as loved by the establishment as Hillary Clinton.
Take it from a wolf, there's no such thing as an Alpha Male.
Another topic where the Alt-Right shows their sheer ignorance of science is in their belief that soybeans contain estrogen mimics and cause infertility, and they frequently use "soyboy" as a pejorative against the left. This belief too is based on flawed studies, which should come as no surprise. For starters, China is the leading consumer of soybeans in the world; notice how severely underpopulated they are? Secondly, meat products contain far more estrogen than soybeans because you're consuming the animal tissue directly. Third, if you live in the USA, soybeans are for the most part unavoidable, and make up 10% of the American diet on average due to ingredients like oils.
Besides, soybeans are one of the most heavily subsidized crops in the US, and when Trump put tariffs on China, the soybean farmers in this country needed to be bailed out. Currently, there are massive shipments of soybeans that are just sitting there rotting. Many of these farmers voted for Trump, since they live in states he won.
As for Republican climate deniers, they won't listen to science, but you can easily back them into a corner by pointing this out. In 2009, Trump was cosignatory of a one-page letter in the NY Times urging Obama to take action on climate change. In 2005, George W. Bush stated in an interview that anthropogenic global warming is real, and said we should do something about it. You can look these up yourself. This shows that Republican leaders know for a fact that climate change is real and that humans are causing it, yet will never publicly admit it, and are too concerned with short term profits to do anything about it.
Edited by Frozenwolf150, 22 December 2018 - 12:54 PM.
The new Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy: Massacre a crowd of civilians, draw a target around them, and declare they were all terrorists.
Being two -- or more -- faced gets to be a bad habit.
Trump criticizing Obama for playing to much golf -- then playing more golf in three months than Obama played in three years.
Trump -- the primary force behind the birther movement -- whining about being treated unfairly.
How many faces does Senator Mitch McConell have? On everything.
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