Science Professors Advocating Book Burning Demonstrate Why Academia Has Long Been Screwed


In the United States, a country where freedom of speech is paramount, burning books that espouse views opposite one’s own is generally frowned upon. But a couple of academics at San Jose State University apparently didn’t get the memo.

Here is a quick rundown of a few of history’s most notable book burners:

There are hundreds of other examples of people too insecure with the arguments behind their beliefs about the who, what, when, where, why and how of the world to stomach having them challenged in print. Some of them are simply busybodies or lovers of censorship, and others feel celestially ordained to protect the innocence of their contemporaries.

San Jose State University’s Alison Bridger, chairwoman of the meteorology department, and Assistant Professor Craig Clements can add their names to the book-burning ranks, after suggesting that any book disagreeing with their views on climate change ought to be burned.

Global warming and climate change blog “What’s Up With That?” discovered a photo of the two posted on the university’s website holding a lit match under a copy of the book The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism, donated to the school by the Heartland Institute. While there is no reason to believe the two actually did burn any of the books, the photo and accompanying caption (which have since been removed) say a great deal to the unwillingness of global warming sycophants to be challenged and forced to defend their hypotheses.

Here’s what appeared on the SJSU webpage:


The caption reads:

This week we received a deluge of free books from the Heartland Institute {this or this }. The book is entitled “The Mad, Mad, Made World of Climatism”. SHown above, Drs. Bridger and Clements test the flammability of the book.

The Chicago-based Heartland Institute, to be fair, has long been vilified by people on the left for its pro-free market research efforts, which often result in the publication of material with a decidedly anti-regulation bent. But that doesn’t negate the fact that Heartland puts much of the material it disseminates through a peer-review process that involves about 235 academics and professional economists.

Heartland touts The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism written by Steve Goreham, as a book including “not just opinions” but facts “based on the work of hundreds of scientists across the world who challenge the theory of man-made global warming.”

Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, said of the book: “Making sure books like this one get the attention they deserve is only one of a dozen educational projects on global warming we have underway. We’re winning the public debate because we trust people to understand the real science and see past the hype, and we reach enough opinion leaders to make a difference. The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism is a great primer for experts and novices alike.”

Scientific academics like Bridger and Clements make it clear that they refuse to even consider viewpoints that differ from their own with regard to man-made global warming. The attitude is ironically similar, some might suggest, to the view many of the world’s religious people take toward scientific theories heretical to their own faith-based beliefs.

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  • Ranchman

    Um, as far as the koran goes…maybe it would be best to destroy that filth. Maybe I should just write a book refuting it instead? Just sayin’…

    • Bill Henry

      That would evoke a fatwa condemning you to death by anyone of the faithful. Try it and see. It is a peaceful religion except when you do not believe as they do.

  • Zinger8012

    Don’t these two morons know that by burning books they release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Shreading would be more ecologically sound.

    • rendarsmith

      But that uses electricity which contributes to global w……sorry….climate change!

    • JimH

      Hi Zinger, Maybe Al Gore can sell them some carbon credits. Then it’s burn baby burn.

    • Rousseau Welch

      But the shredder would require electricity, which must be produced using fossil fuels.

  • BarrackHussein

    There is no mistake… these people are not particularly smart… in spite of what they claim. They might have fast synapses, but that does not translate into anything useful. Those whoo can, do. The others teach!
    These are the types of people, like Obama, that you would like to keep children away from.

    • Chester

      So why are you NOT teaching? It appears all you can do is complain about the people who do teach, but offer to do not a thing to help change. Maybe it is the fact that in teaching people something, you learn as well, and strict conservatives can’t afford to learn anything new, as that goes against all they stand for.

      • CatGman

        Chester, the problem is not the conservatives. The problem is that the left already KNOWS so many things that simply aren’t so. A big problem is teachers are teaching ideology instead of facts and truth.

        • Rousseau Welch

          Good Reagan paraphrase!

      • SmallerGovernment

        Are you a teacher Chester? Seems like that one hit a nerve.

      • Gregg Mcphedrain

        chester chester chester – you troll….
        My career has been about teaching – businesses and children – I’m good at it –
        lesson one – do not start talking down to people it is a weak position.
        lesson two – argue your point not the person
        lesson three – live by lesson one and two.

      • Bill Henry

        These kinds of people have turned our institutions of learning into politically correct indoctrination centers. They do nothing to prepare our children for responsible lives as adults.

  • Major Domo

    I really despise these popups asking for my email every time I hit this page.

  • Major Domo

    Sure is a scathing commentary on two people who actually DID NOT burn any books. Words like “attention whore” when referring to others, while your own headlines do much the same thing. The entire exercise was to demonstrate their feeling about these books. So what? Find another subject worthy of my own attention span.

  • Stuart Shepherd

    Education is completely controlled and dominated by narcissistically sociopathic white female bull lesbians and feminists AT EVERY LEVEL. They are constantly trying to show how superior they are and exercise their “power” indiscriminately and capriciously so that it is clear to everyone that they are the “queens” (or kings, depending on how you look at it). They get the jobs through quota system and threat of lawsuit, whether deserved or not. They keep the job through tenure and/or threat of law suit, whether deserved or not. They have no fear of trying to intimidate, punish, bully for their own amusement and pleasure and they have everyone- from the administration, other professors, and the students, “by the balls.” Education is lesbian heaven. Not to mention that they can thump the PC lesbian bible all day long without question and enforce a “lesbian-friendly” environment, so that they are enforceably “comfortable”- their ultimate goal in life!!! They hate men, children, God, and traditional value-based institutions- not necessarily in that order- anything that has instilled any narcissistic insult at any point in their lives!

  • Stuart Shepherd

    Liberals should stop breathing so they reduce their carbon footprint!!