Antiscience Legislation chez NCSE

Honoré Daumier, Le Ventre Législatif  (1834)

I’m sometimes asked, even by my colleagues, what it takes for a bill to be counted as antiscience at NCSE. Precisely what is it about a piece of legislation that makes our flesh crawl, our brows furrow, and our hackles rise—and, less physiologically, impels us to summon defenders of the integrity of science education in the affected state to the ramparts? Over the years we have arrived at a rough consensus, involving three criteria, which I will present here, with examples. I’m going to concentrate on bills aimed at the teaching of evolution, because they have a longer history and exhibit a greater variety than bills aimed at the teaching of climate science; “antiscience” is the term that we’ve been using for bills aimed at the teaching of evolution and/or climate science, because “Antiscience bill in Iowa” (e.g.) makes a snappier, and less cumbersome, headline than “Bill aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution and/or climate science in Iowa.”

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

branch@ncse.ngo
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