Sunday, April 26, 2015

#ScienceIsNeverSettled #AlwaysQuestion

 From Walter E. Williams March 10, 2015 article "Global Warming":

"The most disgusting aspect of the climate change debate is the statements by many that it’s settled science. There is nothing more anti-scientific than the idea that any science is settled. Very often we find that the half-life of many scientific ideas is about 50 years. For academics to not criticize their colleagues and politicians for suggesting that scientific ideas are not subject to challenge is the height of academic dishonesty."
Indeed, standard elementary school science text books, such as Barnard, J., Stendler, C., Spock, B., and Atkin, J. (1966). Science for Tomorrow's World 5. New York: The MacMillan Company, used to emphasize that main pillar of scientific method was skepticism and constant questioning:

Can't emphasize last two sentences enough:
"Science is never finished with a problem. Science is not a book full of facts, but a way of using facts and testing ideas."
There is obviously a lazy curriculum developing where teachers are presenting output of science like a modern catechism to be rote memorized and "scientists" are portrayed as modern priests not to be questioned or blasphemed, which is itself a blasphemy.

A common fallacious meme is to conflate the concept of "fact"

with that of "theory"

when "fact" and "theory" are not only NOT synonyms, but are antonyms:

Leftists then assert that their "facts", their "theories", and methodologies for arriving at both never may be questioned or challenged, which is patently absurd. Usually, leftists take this tact when pontificating on global warming, or evolution, or any other socialist cause célèbre:

 I agree w/fine print caveats on following slides; however, it annoys me when people present science as religion

Science is never settled - there are no absolute truths in science -  theories can always be questioned and refined.

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