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The Common Denominator

By Keith Kloor
Jan 11, 2013 1:54 AMNov 20, 2019 3:03 AM


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The underlying basis for why some people become so fiercely opposed to genetically modified crops or to action on climate change is often not grounded in science. That's why I've come to believe that the anti-science tag is misused and a distraction from what's really at play. An example of what I mean is captured below in two tweets. The first is from former TV meteorologist Joe Bastardi, who is often cited approvingly by Anthony Watts and many others in the climate skeptic community:

Global warming, Guns,Health Care.. you look at the common denominator..the attempt to take control of someone's life — Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) January 10, 2013

The second tweet comes from a popular anti-GMO website:

Dr. Shiva on what motivates Monsanto's et al - Super profits and the urge to control nature and society ow.ly/gH0Xl#gmo — GMO Journal (@GMOjournal) January 10, 2013

What is the common denominator for both of these attitudes? If you need a hint, scroll around the site of Cultural Cognition.

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