But when it comes to scientific illiteracy, Maher can find an excellent example by simply looking in a mirror.
Here are some of the, er, interesting scientific claims Maher has made over the years:
- conservatism causes Alzheimer’s disease,
- flu shots increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,
- polio was wiped out by improved sanitation, not the polio vaccine, and
- people get sick because of an “aggregate toxicity” in their bodies caused by pollution.
Even a Daily Kos blogger noticed:
Maher and others like him annoy me so much. The progressive community at its core bases it conclusions on facts and science, not conspiracy theories like the Right does with any number of issues. Progressives are not Truthers.
“How much do we know about facts?” Maher smugly asked Nye.
Answer: Not much.