Scientific American is not a fan of The Orange one.
And thanks, DickG., for the link.
This article is a great example of why people don’t respect scientists anymore.
“…the nation’s founding principles of truth and evidence.”
Based on this? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Really???
First, it’s grossly inaccurate…a scientific fallacy… to state, without qualification, that Franklin wrote that line.
Franklin’s contribution to Jefferson’s preamble consisted of changing “sacred and undeniable” to “self evident.”
And while that contribution is seen by some as an effort to replace Jefferson’s nod to religion with the burgeoning notion of “analytic empiricism” popular with elites at that time, any statement that formally accepts, without question, the existence of a supernatural being from which flows those inalienable rights defining all social benefit and privilege cannot reasonably…rationally…be considered evidence of “founding principles” based upon reason, rationality, or science. To claim so smacks of the very type of authoritarianism the editors and, possibly, Shawn Otto claim the nation’s founders rejected.
Donald Trump’s alleged lack of respect for science, (or is it scientists?), is no more alarming than the lack of respect for history, truth…and their readers…displayed by editors of Scientific American.
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