Art_Deco saidSeems like the argument is that having more Republicans in science would reduce the chance of Republican politicians campaigning against science for political & ideological purposes. But it occurs to me all that Republican scientists would do is corrupt the science to match their political ideology.
Because that's a fundamental difference between how Democrats and Republicans think, which explains the disparity of Republican numbers in scientific fields. Dems follow logic and facts, and so are drawn to the pure intellectualism of science. Whereas Republicans follow prejudices and ideology, and so are drawn to politics and religion.
So that Republicans should stay away from science, as they're apparently doing, lest they pervert it like they've done to politics & religion.
you nailed why left wing is hard to get elected - we argue on logic while the other sides have tended to the more visceral appeal.
The reasonable person presents logic and assumes an intelligent listener understands and is trying to assemble data into a coherent whole - which requires thinking on the part of the listener
The propagandist knows the lazier are content not to think but accept what FEELS right. (Hence the propagandist prefers to whip the audience into an emotional fever -- when we are frightened we follow willingly anyone who presents an authoritative presence wihout much thinking.)
The right wing has embraced this tactic with a vengeance.
So a leftie wants people calm when talking logic; the other side wants people angry and not thinkng.
Hence tactics like proliferation of sock accounts to troll and inflame and shut down all reasonable conversation on RJ rehashing discredited talking points over and over under new sock puppet names.
As Shatner famously deadpanned on SNL
"Get a life!"
I suspect they are the guys who got laughed at in school - rather than risk being mocked by the other kids because they cannot keep up intellectually, they take refuge in trolling.
That way their shortcomings can be the fault of others' intolerance, or bullying.