On the heels of presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) referring to Galileo Galilei in his comments doubting climate change, Scientific American is putting a call out to round up "stupid science statements" made by public figures. "How often have you witnessed a public figure make a false or inaccurate scientific claim? Chances are, many uninformed listeners of such statements will pass on what they 'learned' to others in their social circles and peer groups causing a fib to go viral," Scientific American says.
Perry's statement raised the ire of radio shock-jock Howard Stern, says a separate Scientific American article. On his show, Stern said that he is a fan of science and the technology it produces, like Apple's products. "They got there by good old-fashioned science," Stern says. Robin Quivers, Stern's broadcast partner, adds that if Perry "wanted to turn his back on science, he'd have to go back to the Dark Ages."