Bad Astronomy’s “Chris Mooney nails it”

# Maurizio Morabito on 14 Aug 2007 at 10:27 am

The Bush administration has provided the definitive proof that Humankind cannot live of Faith alone…

Anybody believing in God should have a clearer understanding now of why we’ve been provided with a brain too.

Anyway, since “the first explanation that comes to mind might not be the right one”, “things can be nuanced” and “reality is complicated” can we expect fewer cries against “climate change denialists” from the people visiting the BA blog, if one dares to doubt the contemporary consensus?

Some hope!

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# Maurizio Morabito on 14 Aug 2007 at 2:57 pm

Why are we still discussing if Science is perfect and impartial? I thought Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man” would have settled the question once and for all.

Science is made by scientists, and scientists are people too. Therefore there will always be biases, and there will always be seismic changes every 20 or 30 years, when the old professors enjoy their pensions and their dogmas are finally challenged.

Peer review is a flawed process, as demonstrate by the very long list of IgNobel prizes. But as with democracy, we do not know of anything better. The best weapon is to keep the minds ready to accept new ideas, and the mouths ready to question every idea.

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# Maurizio Morabitoon 15 Aug 2007 at 5:10 am

Brian

I know of many young scientists that have had difficulties in getting their ideas considered seriously, because University “Barons” thought otherwise.

For an example of the dogmatic attitude that sadly appears to come natural with power and age to many people, check the travails of S Chandrasekhar.

http://tinyurl.com/yrrdpp

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