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The brontosaurus is back, again

09 Apr

That is, after previously having believed in its existence for a long time, then having changed their minds some time back and declaring that it hadn’t existed, scientists have now decided once again that it did.

But remember, scientists are always right, regardless of what party line they’re happening to hold to on something, even if it changes over time…

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 9, 2015 in "science"

 

3 responses to “The brontosaurus is back, again

  1. Nonce de Leon

    April 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Social “scientists” and climate hoaxers consider themselves infallible.

    But guys who do real science are brighter than that. Even physicists, though they do happen to be mostly pricks.

    People who wave doctorates around on TV or Twitter don’t usually count as real scientists, even if their PhD is in a real field (paging Neil de Grasse Tyson, that preposterous clown…)

    The scientific method is immensely powerful in the hands of a field where meaningful and repeatable measurements are possible, if it’s dominated by reasonably honest people. Baby, bath water.

    No competent paleontologist (or biologist for that matter) is going to tell you that taxonomy without a gene sequence can ever be anything more than a shrewd guess. In fact that’s probably a good measure of a competent expert in that field: Does he respond to the creationist challenge by spouting nonsense like a climate hoaxer, or by doggedly sticking to what he really knows?

    As a reactionary I regard myself as fundamentally on the same side as you guys, so I apologize for sounding like a concern troll. I’m not.

     
  2. Will S.

    April 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Nonce, I work in science myself; I have a science degree.

    But I want to encourage skepticism, and an end to the cult of the white lab coat. Because scientists are not infallible, and neither is the scientific method. (Hell, Karl Popper claimed that the truest test of whether something is science or dogma is whether or not it’s falsifiable. I’m not sure I agree completely, but it’s an interesting angle.) Because scientists are humans. And humans are not perfect. So no system devised by humans will be perfect.

    Cheers.

     

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