Giving science a bad name

I assume that J C Johnston's letter (12 March) is a spoof written by some right-wing Christian fundamentalist to discredit science. He exemplifies the worst kind of patronising arrogance that many people see in the scientists who told us that nuclear power was safe and that genetically modified crops posed no threat.

He is clearly someone who believes only in what can be measured and/or sensed in tactile terms; I presume he disavows belief in not only love, compassion, altruism and honesty, but also in unproven scientific theories such as black holes and the Big Bang. In short, his argument is, to quote Abraham Lincoln, "as thin as a soup made from boiling the shadow of a pigeon that starved to death".

Michael Potts
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This article first appeared in the 19 March 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - Trapped in the human zoo