The Scientific Illiteracy of Donald Trump

Robyn Williams: John Gray the philosopher has written that 'the folly of the masses has replaced the wisdom of crowds'. This is The Science Show.

And it was Charles Darwin who wrote 'ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge'. That was in The Defence of Man, appropriately.

There is very little available about the science policies of the president-elect Donald Trump, but the November edition of the Scientific American magazine contains the following summary, based on his tweets.

[ Readings of Donald Trump quotes and tweets: ]

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.

Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data which is proven by the emails that were leaked.

I've seen people where they have a perfectly healthy child, and they go for the vaccinations, and a month later the child is no longer healthy.

The US cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!

Not only are wind farms disgusting looking, but even worse they are bad for people's health. They should be outlawed and allowed only in heavily industrialized areas.

NBC News just called it the great freeze—coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?

Autism rates through the roof—why doesn't the Obama administration do something about doctor-inflicted autism.

Remember, new 'environment friendly' lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful—the idiots who came up with this stuff don't care.

Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes—AUTISM. Many such cases!

This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our global warming scientists are stuck in ice.

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee—I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!

Robyn Williams: Donald Trump as quoted in the current Scientific American magazine, read by Jonathan Webb.