New Age Scientist
Posted by softestpawn on October 29, 2008
I recently opened a borrowed New Scientist (18th october). I’ve either just suddenly become even more extremely right wing and not noticed, or the Opinion piece on “Beyond Growth” was possibly the most apalling attempt at spinning envirowoo as ‘science’ it has ever tried (online as Time to banish the god of growth and How our economy is killing the Earth)
There isn’t a single evil economist (whose supposed ‘views’ are being railed against) presented, and no attempt for any reasoned or possibly even practical approaches to ‘preserving’ nature. Some impressive strawmen are presented, naive short-cut assumed effects pop up every other sentence and there’s even an ecologists wet dream (“How we kicked our addiction to growth”) which has scientists running the show and ecologists directing the economy.
The best of all: “What makes us fool ourselves that things have never been better?” Erm. Medicine? Longevity? “Obesity?” Leisure? Comfort? Information? Education? Social access? Geographical access? Plumbing? Preserved parkland? Washing Machines? Aquaducts?
I’ve been wondering whether New Scientist is a bit like New Man; New Man is supposed to be all the things the stereotyped male is not; caring, sharing, non-violent, sympathetic, likes shoe shopping, etc. New Scientist is all the things a stereotyped scientist isn’t: subjective, biased, closed minded, political, etc.