Anti-Science [Link]

January 04, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

This was the most successful campaign I have ever been involved with.   This was also explicitly an anti-science movement. We employed a lot of imagery about scientists in their labs cackling demonically as they tinkered with the very building blocks of life. Hence the Frankenstein food tag – this absolutely was about deep-seated fears of scientific powers being used secretly for unnatural ends. What we didn’t realise at the time was that the real Frankenstein’s monster was not GM technology, but our reaction against it.

Congratulations to Mark Lynas for admitting his mistakes and making a small effort to correct them. Unfortunately no one ever works as hard to expose their ignorance as they do to spread it.

This was a case of pure and simple willful ignorance. Just think. It would have only taken him a few years of the 15 he spent on his campaign to become an actual scientist and have a positive impact. I guess selling books is important too. Maybe Mark can now sell books about how bad anti-science bullshit artists are.

Keep working at it Mr. Lynas. 14 more years should make up for it.

By way of Benedict Evans and Staci Kramer on Twitter