We have a problem. Our leaders seem to think they can govern an advanced technological civilization without having even a basic understanding of science and technology. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) seems to think the age of the Earth is a complete mystery.
“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States,” Rubio told GQ’s Michael Hainey. “I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all.”
So if you’re wondering the age of the Earth, you’re not going to ask a geologist or a physicist? We’re not going to consult radiometric dating and other empirically tested techniques? This question would only take you five minutes on Wikipedia. Type in “age of the earth”, and it comes right up. If you Google it, it’s the first link that comes up. You know why he doesn’t have a clue about these things? He’s never thought about them.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas, a top presidential contender, was outside praying for rain like an African shaman.
And the former Senator of my state of Missouri, Todd Akin, seems to think a woman who is raped will not get pregnant.
“Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
– Todd Akin
Do you think people like this understand the role of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in industry? Do you think they understand the research going on in universities and how important it is? Do you think they understand the implications and power of the military weaponry they control, such as biological weapons, nuclear weapons, and AI controlled drones? Do you think these guys ever consider climate change, energy, or sustainability issues? Do you think they understand biology, stem cell research, and GMOs?
These people don’t read books. They don’t think critically. They don’t understand how things work.
I think of future governors and leaders in control of nano-swarms, advanced AI weapon systems, and future biological weapons, holding in their hands a small button which could wipe out an entire civilization and totally destroy the Earth’s biosphere, and I can’t help but fall into despair. I imagine them in their office, prostrate, praying on their hands and knees, “Lord Jesus, tell me what do!” Who knows what sort of “revelation” they’ll come to. Here they are, in control of the fate of humanity, all because they stuck some signs in peoples yards and ran a few campaign commercials where they rambled off a few political talking points while an American flag waved in the background.