Courtesy of reader Daveau, here’s a funny six-minute clip from last night’s Daily Show: “What’s science up to?”
Republican strategist: Noelle Nickpour pronounces that “Scientists are scamming the American people right and left—for their own financial gain!”
Lots of global-warming and evolution denial from Republicans, and an interview with Nobel Laureate and well-known grifter Martin Chalfie. Chalfie addresses the question of whether he’s scamming America, and why teaching science to kids isn’t equivalent to child brain-rape.
Nickpour: It’s very confusing for a child to be only taught evolution to go home to a household where their parents say, “Well, wait a minute. . . God created the Earth!”
Daily Show Interviewer Aasif Mandvi: What is the point of teaching children facts if it’s just going to confuse them?
Nickpour: It confuses the children when they go home. We as Americans—we are paying tax dollars for our children to be edu-cated. We need to offer them every theory that’s out there. It’s all about choice; it’s all about freedom.
Mandvi: It should be up to the American people to decide what’s true.
Nickpour: Absolutely! Doesn’t it make common sense?