Science seems to cease to be science where politics is concerned. Politicians raise the issues of climate change and gender choice/identity with false scientific narratives. Techniques employed to support science in the political arena include parsing mountains of journal articles to pick certain items of data – taken out of context - to support claims, or when the facts do not fit, “facts” can simply be manufactured. And when those chosen and/or manufactured facts fail and measurements do not fit the theories, or a counter argument is proposed, then science simply devolves to name-calling in defense of the political agenda.
For example, gender is now a choice. So let’s play this out. If this is so, then why is not age a choice? After all, we have people referring to themselves as an “old soul”. Therefore, if age is a choice too, then we should accept the “science” that upon an individual’s sex change operation, they can also choose to be 65. In this case, Medicare can pay for the operation and Social Security would provide retirement benefits.
If the predictions of man-made global warming do not fit the observations then, we are told, the reason for any skepticism is that the opponent of such beliefs must be a closed-minded science denier. Imagine if this was the standard for all sciences.
There is something wrong in a society that only looks to use certain “facts” to support a claim to politically launch themselves. There is something even more disturbing with a public that not only allows this sort of behavior, but supports it and has even adopts it on a grander scale.