The Union of Concerned Scientists has "chosen 12 all-star cartoons that stand out in their ability to poke fun at the not-so-humorous challenges to the complex relationship between science and democracy."

The UCS says the cartoons focus on a number of problematic areas:

Corporate interference in science…

Attacks on the scientific regulatory system…

Barriers to the responsible use of science in policy making…

The interaction of communications and social media with science…

Attacks on scientists…

And the defense of science…

Keep scrolling through for the entries. You can vote for your favorite at the UCS contest page.

Keep scrolling through for the entries. You can vote for your favorite at the UCS contest page.

Keep scrolling through for the entries. You can vote for your favorite at the UCS contest page.

Keep scrolling through for the entries. You can vote for your favorite at the UCS contest page.

2013-05-24

Co.Exist

12 More-Sad-Than-Funny Cartoons That Illuminate The War On Science

From lobbyists gutting science bills to Congress not knowing the Earth is round, have a sigh and a chuckle at the punchlines in these entries in the Union of Concerned Scientists anti-science cartoon contest.

From climate change to evolution, science is under siege. The cartoons here count the ways: political interference, personal attacks, erroneous reporting, dumbing down, corporate mischief. The list goes on.

The cartoons were collected by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which represents more than 400,000 professionals and citizens around the country. "We’ve chosen 12 all-star cartoons that stand out in their ability to poke fun at the not-so-humorous challenges to the complex relationship between science and democracy," the group says.

"The cartoons cover a number of topics that are critical to the role of science in policy making, including the general state of public dialogue, corporate interference in science, attacks on the scientific regulatory system, barriers to the responsible use of science in policy making, the interaction of communications and social media with science, attacks on scientists, and the defense of science."

Take a look through the slide show, then head over to UCS’s contest page, where you can choose a favorite. The one with the most votes goes on the front of next year’s Editorial Cartoon Calendar.

While we’re about it, here’s last year’s entry list as well.

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  • labman57

    It's a curious position being taken by representatives of the social conservative movement -- the idea that a college education is a waste of time and that intellectuals are elitists and should be shunned.  Reality-challenged politicians and pundits --  especially those affiliated with the tea party movement -- have embraced ignorance of the modern world, and they regard a distrust of the well-educated as an attribute to be used in their desire to be perceived as "just one of the common folk".

    Lord knows we don't want our children to go to college and have their heads filled with all kinds of IDEAS. Before you know it, they'll be thinking for themselves, challenging the status quo, and developing new points of view.

    And we certainly don't want our national leaders to be eloquent, scientifically literate, and generally well-informed about the world in which we live.  Much better to derive scientific theories based on the teachings of the Bible, and to form national public policy based on the rumors, gossip, urban myths, and unverified anecdotal accounts described in supermarket rags and online blogs.

    Exhibit A -- their "sh*t happens" rationalization regarding global warming and climate change trends:

    "Global warming is a fallacy. My evidence? It snowed today in Alaska.
    Of course, if it is real, it has nothing to do with carbon-based gas emissions. My 4th grade science teacher told me so.

    But then, if carbon gases are responsible, it has nothing to do with human activity -- it's totally natural, like plastic.

    However, if it turns out that global climate change is the result of manmade carbon-based gas emissions, well, it's God's will. Therefore, only He can do anything about it."