March for Science Supporters Don’t Seem All That Interested in Science

The March for Science (MfS) Facebook page claims “We are people who value science” and ” What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march.”

Yet, when you read through the postings on the MfS, we don’t see any evidence of a community that values and loves science with its insatiable curiosity.  Even though the page has 400,000 followers, apparently only the Organizers can start posts.  And they don’t post about and celebrate the recent discoveries in science.  Instead, check out the topics of the most recent 20 postings:

  1. The MfS celebrates International Women’s Day
  2. Article about Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, denying climate change.
  3. Article about Wikipedia tracking down photos of woman scientists
  4. Article about Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, denying climate change
  5. Article about the gender gap in science.
  6. A photo of a protest sign called Climate Science 101
  7. Article about Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, denying climate change
  8. Article about MfS gaining momentum
  9. Article about Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, denying climate change
  10. Article about women involved in Voyager research
  11. Article about EPA environmental justice leader resigning
  12. Article about science in the movies
  13. Article about Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, denying climate change.
  14. Article about science being political
  15. Article about the need for scientists to become activists
  16. Article about the need for scientists to become activists
  17. Article about women in science
  18. Article about girls wanting to become scientists
  19. Article about gender and racial gaps in science
  20. Article about A Day Without Women

The “insatiable curiosity” is apparently limited to an interest in the MfS itself, feminism and social justice in science, and the politics of climate change.  And notice that MfS organizers don’t even bother to write postings of their own and instead simply link to other articles.

Activists love to drape themselves in the white lab coat, pretending they oh so love science when in reality what they love is being perceived as someone who loves science.  If they can disguise their activist agendas as “a defense of science,” they think they can purchase cultural credibility for their agenda.

We saw this type of thing in the New Atheist movement.  The atheist activists promoted themselves as lovers of science.  But when scientist activists like PZ Myers or Jerry Coyne would post blog entries discussing science, such postings would receive only a small fraction of the comments compared to their antireligious postings, leading both activists to ultimately complain about the lack of interest in science among their pro-science followers.

With the MfS, we see this on a larger scale, where the MfS organizers themselves would rather talk about social justice and science than recent scientific discoveries.  They would rather talk about themselves than Nature.

I just don’t see any evidence that MfS supporters have this great love for science and insatiable curiosity about the world.

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5 Responses to March for Science Supporters Don’t Seem All That Interested in Science

  1. TFBW says:

    They seem to have a deep fascination with the socio-political aspects of science, so there’s that. No evident interest in science qua science, though.

  2. Doug says:

    When a generation has been brought up to think that science just is socio-political thought-policing, you get what you get…

  3. Ryan says:

    These are the types that fell for the Sokal affair (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair), all while wearing “Science doesn’t care what you believe” shirts. It would be funny if they didn’t have some actual influence.

  4. stcordova says:

    “March for Science Supporters Don’t Seem All That Interested in Science

    They may not be all that interested in truth in general.

    “19.Article about gender and racial gaps in science”

    I wonder is this explained in terms of patriarchy and white privilege? Most of my science professors weren’t white, or at least disproportionately NON-white so yes there is a racial gap fer sure!

  5. Dhay says:

    In his 11 January 2018 blog post entitled “Americans want science done, but can’t name any scientists or places where science is done” Jerry Coyne laments the abysmal ignorance of science and its institutions displayed by the US public, revealed by a recent poll.

    Only 19% can name even one living scientist:

    Moreover, some of the living scientists named are either science popularizers and not scientists (e.g., Bill Nye), used to be scientists but are now science popularizers (Neil deGrasse Tyson, who hasn’t published a paper in ten years), or have long ago stopped doing science (J. D. Watson). [Add Richard Dawkins to the long stopped, though Coyne omits to mention it.]

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/americans-want-science-done-but-cant-name-any-scientists-or-places-where-science-is-done/

    And there’s answers as or more ignorant to other questions about science.

    The poll doesn’t give separate figures for the ignorance of the, er, science-worshiping atheists versus that of the, er, science-denying Christians, so there’s no solid evidence that either group is more ignorant about science than the other.

    But here’s one of Coyne’s fans in the Comments; from that “g*d” I deduce he’s the type to be scathing about Christians …

    Most people walking down the street could not give you a definition of evolution or ever heard of Darwin. The ones who do know are the ones who don’t believe in it because g*d has another story for them.

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/americans-want-science-done-but-cant-name-any-scientists-or-places-where-science-is-done/#comment-1564049

    … but in practice it’s atheists he is scathing about for their ignorance — he tells us it’s Christians who could give a definition of evolution and have heard of Darwin; and it’s atheists who couldn’t, and haven’t.

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