Scientific Consensus: The Last Bastion of Scientific Uncertainty
|January 31, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
I was reading an exchange on anthropogenic global warming between Dr. George Somero, the David & Lucile Packard Professor in Marine Sciences at the Hopkins Marine Station (pro) and Dr. Roy Spencer, recipient of NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and principle research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (con) where the usual points were exchanged. I was struck by Spencer’s closing statement as being particularly applicable to the design vs. chance controversy regarding organic evolution. Spencer closed his response to the question of scientific consensus in anthropogenic global warming thusly:
“Scientific ‘consensus’ is only resorted to when uncertainty exists.”
Next time someone brings up the appeal to authority fallacy regarding evolution this is a great response to it IMO.