Sean B. Carroll is a noted evolutionary biologist, author, and vice-president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. I haven’t read his book, The Making of theFittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, but I’m told it contains a summary of 6 arguments used by science denialists that could be applied to most any subject.
- Cast doubt on the science.
- Question the scientists’ motives and integrity.
- Magnify any disagreements among the scientists; cite gadflies as authorities.
- Exaggerate the potential for harm from the science.
- Appeal to the importance of personal freedom.
- Object that acceptance of the science would repudiate some key philosophy.
Since this hadn’t been previously mentioned on this blog, I thought readers might find it of interest.