Physics, relativity, and science well-known liberal bias

PHYSICS, RELATIVITY, AND SCIENCE’S WELL-KNOWN LIBERAL BIAS…. This was making the rounds a bit yesterday, and it’s awfully amusing. Conservapedia, a right-wing alternative to Wikipedia, has all kinds of creative insights on reality. The newest entertainment comes from its take on the Theory of Relativity.

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.

In a footnote, the site adds, “Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible, a book that outsells New York Times bestsellers by a hundred-fold.”

So, if I understand this correctly — and, admittedly, I may not — physics shouldn’t be trusted, because it’s accepted by those who don’t read the Christian Bible. And the Christian Bible is superior to physics, because a lot of people have read it. (Argumentum Ad Populum)

About a year ago, Salon had a feature called “Ask a Wingnut,” in which reasonable people, curious what a real-live conservative thinks about a given issue, get to pose a substantive question to a former Bush administration official. The very first question asked why the right is hostile to science. The official, writing pseudonymously, replied, “To me, the question is almost laughable on its face. Conservatives are pro-science and, as a general rule, pro-cost-benefit analysis and pro-thinking.”

There’s ample evidence to the contrary.