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Why Don`t Americans Elect Scientists?

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NYT blog post from earlier this year. Do Americans have the wrong impression of scientists? What do you think I-A-B?
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Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2078 Posts
Saturday, September 15, 2012 1:58:12 AM
The real reason? Religion. Scientists (Real ones) have no use for it.So tax it. Believers would have to pay.that's why no scientist politicians in America,no money in it.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 144 Posts
Friday, September 14, 2012 8:44:10 AM

xkcd purity

Male, 30-39, Canada
 5753 Posts
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:55:51 PM
@Ollie: That last line about econ made me lol, nicely done. And engineers aren't scientists either, it`s just applied mathematics.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:59:24 AM
Just for the record, Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for senate in Missouri of "legitimate rape" fame is an engineer. I'm just sayin`...

BTW, economics is a "social science," i.e., not real science. Everything there is to know about how the real economy works is taught in the first 2 semesters. Everything after that just teaches you how to f*** it up.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 5753 Posts
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:00:51 AM
@Thonious: I wonder how many people recall that economics is a science, not a cult.

Economics is the *science* of telling you tomorrow why what you did yesterday didn't work today.

That being said I at least applaud economics majors for going into politics, because that skill set is at least relevant to big decisions that person would make.

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