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Democrats 'trust the science,' but only when it advances their agenda

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26.06.2021

One would not normally seek out the annual meeting of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) for intrigue and drama, but this year’s web-based conference provided some heat.In April, San Jose State University anthropology professor Elizabeth Weiss was set to deliver a pre-recorded address to the meeting. Her talk, titled “Has Creationism Crept Back into Archaeology?” discussed the role of “religious literalism” as a way of determining whether human remains should be repatriated to indigenous communities near where the remains were found.

The problem with “returning” the remains to indigenous people is that there often isn’t sufficient scientific evidence the remains ever belonged to a member of the tribe in the first place. In these cases, Native American creation myths borne from oral traditions have worked their way into scientific research and are often given as much weight as scientific data, such as DNA.

Weiss’ speech objected to the use of religious mythology in lieu of scientific evidence.

“By promoting objective knowledge and scientific reasoning, we would say that we are doing our best to help students, colleagues and the public understand the world around us, and negating the misinformation promoted by creationism,” Weiss told me.

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In other words, she advocates for more science in the fields of science.

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