Creationists, global warming denialists, anti-vaccine proponents – what do they have in common? They all think scientific consensus is either outright wrong or just an opinion put forth for some political or monetary reason. All three groups are motivated by ideology.
How do we know they’re motivated by ideology? Because they completely ignore equally solid scientific confirmation in areas that don’t push their buttons. You rarely hear a creationist complain about Newton’s laws of motion and want to ban teaching them in school. Not many climate change deniers write editorials trying to tear down the theory behind how bumblebees fly.
Only when a pet belief is threatened do people suddenly become experts or at least doubters regarding a field they know little about.
I’m not saying I’m immune from this sort of thing. In fact, if I was told that chocolate is really bad for me — a slow-acting poison — I would have a difficult time with it, even if the majority of biologists, nutritionists, pathologists, and so on, all converged on the same truth and published it in top peer-reviewed journals.
“You can have my choco when you pry my cold, dead fingers from the wrapper!”
“It’s a conspiracy by Big Flavor – the vanilla and strawberry marketers.”
May we all finally come around when the evidence is in our faces and not be grumpy birds.