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The Wars on Science and Knowledge

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When CSICOP and the Skeptical Inquirer were founded, in 1976, the nation was awash in credulous paranormal belief, so much so that our organizing conference was called “The New Irrationalisms.” It is now 2018 and a whole new set of anti-rationalist, antiscience, anti-intellectual concerns confront us. These are of a much broader and deeper danger. The attacks are against the very foundations of any democratic society. They delegitimize knowledge, facts, expertise, and science itself. They sow confusion and distrust.

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The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America