A few days ago I posted a link to Ben Stein’s upcoming movie, Expelled (http://www.expelledthemovie.com/home.php). If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, I think you will thank me for pointing it out to you. The movie is due in theaters April 19. Let’s hope movies like this can set up an alternative to the Michael Moore films which are rather untruthful in their biases.
Well, politicized science is never a good thing. Michael Crichton talks about this in an appendix to State of Fear. Does anybody remember that Eugenics was the craze of the day in academia in the early 1900′s. University’s suppressed anyone who objected to Eugenics. Then, after World War II and Hitler’s application of his version of Eugenics, everybody pretended they had never believed in it.
Politicized science is bad science. It is an intolerance for ideas based not on data or sound theory, but on ideologies that have little or nothing to do with the goals of science. Academic tyranny should not be tolerated. Suppression of free speech goes against everything liberals AND conservatives believe in.
So, now that I have introduced the subject, here is an example of the same thing happening in archeology . . .
I am a regular reader of Biblical Archaeology Review (http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/). It is a great magazine. I love Herschel Shanks. He’s not always right, but he has a moral sense that I admire. He values open inquiry and academic freedom. He is a voice against injustice in the realm of archeology.
In the March/April 2008 issue, he has an article called