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Half of the U.S. economic growth since World War II has come from advances in science and technology.
"Three-quarters of all U.S. economic growth, and three-quarters of the U.S. productivity advantage over other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations, is directly attributable to innovation, and wages in innovation-intensive industries have grown more than twice as fast as other wages in recent decades."
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Shawn Lawrence Otto's article "Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy" in the November, 2012, Scientific American talks about the antiscience trend in politics. He says,
"The Founding Fathers were science enthusiasts. Thomas Jefferson, a lawyer and scientist, built the primary justification for the nation's independence on the thinking of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and John Locke - the creators of physics, inductive reasoning and empiricism. He called them his "trinity of three greatest men." If anyone can discover the truth by using reason and science, Jefferson reasoned, then no one is naturally closer to the truth than anyone else. Consequently, those in positions of authority do not have the right to impose their beliefs on other people. "
"Several major party contenders for political office took positions that can only be described as "antiscience": against evolution, human-induced climate change, vaccines, stem cell research, and more. "
"Today's denial of inconvenient science comes from partisans on both ends of the political spectrum. Science denialism among Democrats tends to be motivated by unsupported suspicions of hidden dangers to health and the environment. Common examples include the belief that cell phones cause brain cancer (high school physics shows why this is impossible) or that vaccines cause autism (science has shown no link whatsoever).
During the 2012 Republican primaries Otto points out that most candidates made antiscience statements which resulted in a jump in the polls. (See the article for details.)
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Some personal observations:
Some of my religious right friends think that scientists are out to get Christians.
I know a lot of scientists and that is not the case. See Science and the Bible