The flood of news from our enlightened nation makes it clear that we are wasting nearly all the money we spend on science (except for helping Hollywood develop better ways to do computer animation, and chemists find substitutes for Botox). In spite of the masses of convincing evidence, somehow, after all the billions spent on collecting that evidence and on teaching it in the schools, a lot of our fellow citizens (if Glenn Beck's rally this past weekend can be our guide) have decided that evolution is not true, that Darwin is to blame for 'progressivism' and thus racism and eugenics, and probably the climate change believers as well. Apparently, we need our nation to 'return to God' (presumably Mr Beck doesn't mean commit suicide).
And these people actually have votes!
If this is how effective teaching is, let's do away with it. Anyway, it would be much much cheaper to distribute a free taxpayer subsidized copy of the Bible to every American (but just the real ones, the ones born here), cheaper than expensive research studies of evolution whose net effect appears to many just to reinforce their conviction that this is a devil-driven mission of secular humanists to send everyone to Hell.
Then, after we've saved all that money currently wasted on researching and teaching evolution, let's move on to another big money waster. Why all the investment in studies of climate change and global warming? After all, those who already know better about evolution have also seen through this as just a (that is, another) ploy by universities to garner grant funds to support their soft heathen (that is, left-wing) lifestyles. Despite all the research we invest in with taxpayer funds, climate change is widely viewed as yet another misinformation plot, by people who want to take away everyone's SUV or extended-cab pickup. Those lefties want us to eat, rather than burn, corn. There's already a movement afoot to reform the UN's disinformation body on the subject of climate change. But, our enlightened, educated citizens say: why stop there? Why not do the truly right thing, and abandon studies of climate change entirely? Don't spend another penny on this heathen (that is, left-wing) conspiracy!
It's high time we in science fessed up to what we're actually doing, give up our hold on resources, stop confusing people and start telling the truth -- oh, and stop trying to make people stop eating bluefin tuna. And, above all, pray for another major oil strike.
Yes, there are problems with science, especially in controversial areas. We're fallible and have egos and weaknesses. That is part of the reason for the UN climate change story. But caving in on this is also catering to vested-interest Luddites, too -- or mainly!
The news these days doesn't lead one to have much confidence in the value of education to our society.