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Stephen Moore Unsettles "Settled Science"

Bruce Chapman


Stephen Moore has an article in the Washington Times that is worth the attention of skeptics of "settled science."

Moore, economics analyst and longtime staple of the Wall Street Journal editorial pages, describes the attempts of National Geographic and other publications to marginalize critics of climate change theory. It’s an old story, the argument from authority. What Moore does is tear the argument apart.

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of "settled science." The embryonic stem cell debate is a recent example that Moore doesn’t mention. The whole nexus of government research dollars and university science departsments and left-wing politics deserves book-length treatment.

And don’t forget the shoddiest case of "settled science," Darwinian evolution — and the social Darwinism with which it is connected.

Image: Stephen Moore, by David Shankbone [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.