Wednesday, October 7, 2009

And when they came for the political scientists, I said nothing, for I was not a political scientist...

So Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has apparently had it with political science. He's proposed eliminating the political science program from the National Science Foundation.

As Andrew Gelman notes, it's odd that Coburn finds poli sci wasteful, but seems to have no problem with sociology or economics or other social sciences. What is it about us?

You know, in the original miniseries "V" (1984), the aliens attempted to demonize scientists, largely because they saw scientists as a threat who could reveal the aliens' true identities. (Lizards.) Perhaps Coburn is worried that we'll reveal his dark secret.

Just sayin'.

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