As they say in France,
Les extrêmes se touchent
Far-right evangelicals are anti-science because of their religious beliefs, and as it turns out, the same is true of far-left new agers.
From Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy:
I used to write for the Huffington Post, an online news and blog collective. It was started by Arianna Huffington during the Bush Era as a response to all the far-right online media. I didn’t agree with a lot of what was on there — I am more centrist — but at the time I thought it was necessary.
Then they started to promote far-left New Age nonsense, and when it came to vaccinations, HuffPo started posting all kinds of opinions that amounted to nothing more than out-and-out health threats. While they do sometimes post a counter-argument, it’s still almost all alt-med, all the time.
Here’s the latest: a doctor named Frank Lipman is telling people not to get vaccinated against Swine Flu. Instead he says you should wash your hands a lot, eat well, and take homeopathic medicine.
Why these charlatans are not stripped of their medical licenses, boggles the mind. And, to those of the left who might claim that this is an isolated case, and your side of the political spectrum is “obviously” more reality-minded than the other, I’d suggest reading Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science
to read more about prevalent new-age nonsense in popular culture. Being non-orthodox in belief, for many people, sadly does not mean embracing rationalism — often it just means being post-modernist.