We’re talking a break from the series on nomism and antinomianism to talk about science. Not long ago there was a debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Creationist Guy that garnered a considerable amount of attention. Why did people take this debate seriously? Why did anti-theists and theists cheer on their heroes? Both have bachelor’s degrees in science. Nye studied mechanical engineering and Ham studied environmental biology. Are they scientists? Certainly both are entrepreneurs and entertainers. Are they scientists? What is science and why do scientists have such authority in (late) modernity?
Here’s episode 66:
Ps. John Oliver’s ill-informed rant is a great example of the pop-cultural bullying use of the religio-mythical authority (priestly lab coats) of science and the myth of 97% consensus regarding climate change/global warming. WARNING: In the video clip Oliver uses an ancient but offensive Anglo-Saxon verb. Don’t watch the clip if you might be offended by vulgarity. In the clip he surrounds himself with people in lab coats to illustrate the alleged consensus and to suggest that anyone who dissents is ignorant.
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