This is truly terrifying – the wholesale rejection of science by conservative Liberal-National Party members at their state convention.
Teach the controversy; claims of brain washing. We’ve seen this all before in the evolution wars. Please, spread this worrying news so it can be stopped.
Note below usage of the term “post-normal science”: this is straight from denial blogs like Watts up with that.
We need to save science education.
Meanwhile, LNP members have overwhelmingly voted to ensure the removal of “environmental propaganda” about climate change from schools.
The motion, proposed by the LNP’s Noosa State Electorate Council, calls on Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to require Queensland schools to “remove environmental propaganda material, in particular post-normal science about ‘climate change’, from the curriculum and as adjunct material at exam time”. [Using the language of the denial movement WtD]
The mover of the motion, LNP member Richard Pearson, railed against “those false prophets who would poison the minds of our children in our schools”. [ science as religion? WtD]
“Few people understand that the so called science of climate change is really what can be defined as post-normal science,” he said, arguing it went beyond traditional understanding of science based on experimentation and falsifiable theories.
Another member spoke against the motion, saying he was concerned when people tried to dismiss differing opinions and he believed children to have access to all information. [i.e. “teach the controversy” WtD]
The motion was nonetheless passed with overwhelming support from the LNP members at the gathering.
At last year’s conference, LNP president Bruce McIver questioned the role of humans in driving climate change, arguing the climate was always changing and children were being “brainwashed” in the way climate science was taught.