Американская анти-интеллектуальная угроза

НЬЮ-ЙОРК – В последние годы США больше являлись источником глобальной нестабильности, чем источником глобального решения проблем. Среди примеров этому -  война в Ираке, которую США начали на основании ложных убеждений, обструкционизм, целью которого было обуздать изменение климата, скудная помощь развитию и нарушение международных соглашений, таких как Женевская конвенция. В дестабилизирующие действия Америки внесли свой вклад многие факторы, но самым мощным из них был антиинтеллектуализм, который недавно продемонстрировала набирающая популярность вице-президент кандидата от республиканской партии - Сара Пэлин.

Под антиинтеллектуализмом я подразумеваю особую антинаучную перспективу, которая основана на надменном отношении к сторонникам науки и научным доказательствам. Проблемы, с которыми сталкивается крупная мировая держава, такая как США, требуют строгого анализа информации в соответствии с лучшим научным принципам.

Изменение климата, например, представляет собой страшную угрозу планете. Его необходимо расценивать согласно преобладающим научным критериям и развивающимся возможностям климатической науки. Удостоенный Нобелевский премии глобальный научный процесс под названием Межправительственная группа по изменению климата (МГИК) установила «золотой стандарт» научной строгости при анализе угроз, которые появляются вследствие изменений климата, вызванных человеком. Нам необходимы грамотные, с научной точки зрения, политики, которые будут экспертами по критическому мышлению на основе свидетельств, с тем, чтобы они могли растолковать получаемые данные и дать рекомендации относительно политики и международных соглашений.

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