Appeals to the authority of science are like appeals to the authority of the stock market.
|February 9, 2012||Posted by News under News, Peer review, Science|
Both science and the stock market have controls. Controls don’t always work. There is no substitute for caution, prudence, and common sense when evaluating claims.
In Ya Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Barry Arrington writes,
In response to my last post DrREC wrote: “what is Barry Arrington’s exposure to the practice of science that trumps that of a scientist who has “been around the scientific block” as he put it?”
Around the scientific block?
On the one hand, we have the physicists who refused to rule out faster than light neutrinos just because Einstein said it couldn’t happen. (You know it’s real science if it could be wrong.)
One finds oneself saying: The block is fine. But what about the alley?
It’s probably no accident that so many scandals have deep roots in a materialist view of life.
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