"There's been this need to cultivate conservative ideas in reaction to what is perceived as mainstream culture, which a lot of conservatives would suggest is biased toward secular liberalism," Gaulet told LiveScience. "Part of what being a conservative means is looking for alternatives for mainstream ideas and bases of knowledge, and science and the media are those."
It should disturb liberals and conservatives alike that a growing percentage of Americans, far more than half of all citizens, lack trust in science and are “looking for alternatives.” These alternatives include dogma, pseudoscience, and ideology. The trouble with these is that “bases of knowledge” founded on assumptions and dogma do not grow, develop, or change. They do not correct their errors, and they produce stagnation, or worse, destructive policies.
I get asked often why I bother critiquing Ancient Aliens and “alternative archaeology.” This is one reason. More than half of all Americans don’t have trust in the scientific project, and in that environment people looking for “alternatives” become open to lies, especially from those who use the language and trappings of science to proclaim their non-science and nonsense to be equal “ways of knowing.” If no one stands up to defend science against those who would profit from destroying it—in any and every field—we will live in a world where whole generations will grow up believing that ancient people rode dinosaurs to work at the extraterrestrial nuclear power plant.
Oh, right, that won’t happen: New York City banned dinosaurs from school tests and testing materials because they might cause students to think about evolution. They can’t return until we prove Jesus rode one. (Note to humor impaired: that link is a joke.)