|Robert N. Proctor|
Let’s look at a few recent quotes in the press about the scientific ignorance of politicians, as a sample of a new discipline called agnotology by Robert Proctor:
- Scientific American, March 31, 2014. Headline: The House of Representatives Commitee on Science is turning into a notional embarrassment.
- Ross Pomeroy, August 23, 2012. Headline: Politicians ignorant of science because we are. This article contains the assertion that the percentage of scientists (including medical fields) in the US House of Representatives is 6.9%, about the same as the proportion of scientists in the global population (6.4%).
- Nigel Morris, August 2, 2010, Independent (
). Headline: Only
scientist in Commons ‘alarmed’ at MPs ignorance. The text explains that Julian Huppert,
a research biochemist who became the Liberal Democrat MP for UK at the last election, said he was
alarmed at the lack of scientific knowledge among colleagues. Cambridge