When I discussed the phenomenon with one of my liberal friends this week, he tortured me with Clay A. Johnson's book called The Information Diet, that discussed the poor quality of information we were getting bombarded with since new media made its entrance on the world stage. I was duped into spending a few hours of my time reading a Democratic Party propaganda piece, all in the name of promoting good intellectual communication with people that had different views to my own. Truthfully, I only got through one third of it before I was overcome with spastic revulsions. I don’t think anyone can point a finger at me and say I didn’t do my part! Now enough is enough.
Browsing through to the end of the book there were no solutions to the problems we are experiencing with science. Instead it recommended a disciplined filtration of information from the internet and by the looks of it there were some very handy tips in that regard. My friend missed the point though, just as Clay A. Johnson missed the point with his book. Liberals do not make any distinction between rational and empirical reasoning. If Johnson understood the difference, he would have understood that complicated issues became simplified with empirical reasoning when more data was analyzed. Not less data. In his book he would have recommended having an information orgy instead of an information diet.
The American public should have waited for more information to become available in the latest race controversy, the Travyon Martin shooting incident, before judging the shooter, George Zimmerman, as a white racist cold-blooded child murderer. They may have been surprised to find their beliefs challenged by truth. Instead the left-wing mainstream media has whipped up African Americans and created a virtual lynch mob, which they believe will somehow inspire African Americans to go and vote for Obama in the upcoming 2012 elections. They are wrong. Just as the Duke Lacrosse case backfired horribly on Mike Nifong’s chances of re-election to office, the Trayvon Martin case will backfire on Obama.
Empirical reasoning is not a principle that is limited to science, although it is according to Wikipedia, “A central concept in modern science...the scientific method is that all evidence must be empirical, or empirically based, that is, dependent on evidence or consequences that are observable by the senses.”
It is no secret that the academia and mainstream media has been hijacked by the left, heart and soul. So when the left steadfastly refuses to acknowledge empirical reasoning in their political ideology, is there any wonder that the right no longer has any faith in science?
P.S. "Welcome to the Vast Rational Conspiracy" was a chapter heading in Clay A. Johnson’s book. I found it incredibly humorous and ironic, at the author’s expense.