By Mike Rivero
The Washington Post should at least wait until the snow (which is still falling out west as I type this) to melt before flinging this particular brand of manure around.
As long as the WP is regurgitating old lies, please tell us the one about how Saddam had nuclear weapons again’ we just LOVE that one!
Now, setting aside the fact that the methodology by which that 97% claim was arrived at has been discredited, I would remind people that when Galileo was trying to demonstrate that the Earth orbited the sun, 97% of the scientists of his day would have disagreed with him. Obviously, that 97% was wrong.
There is a condemnation of this idea of consensus in Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” that goes (I am paraphrasing) “The majority is not always right. Indeed the majority is usually wrong, because before the majority can be right, one man must be right, and while he stands alone in the truth the majority is wrong.” See Galileo above.
More recently, Michael Crichton, in his book “State of Fear”, commented “Science is not consensus and consensus is not science!”
Last year, National Geographic ran an article bemoaning that people do not trust science; that they are unwilling to accept as unquestionable truth anything said by a paid lackey in a white laboratory coat (the 21st Century version of a priest’s robes) .
But there are reasons not to simply trust what a scientist says.
Alchemy, for one.
Phlogiston Chemistry, for another.
Prior to the 14th Century Astronomers thought the Earth was the center of the universe, because, well, that’s what the church wanted, and spent hundreds of years of scientific research on the theory of Epicycles, trying to reconcile the Earth centered model with the observed motions of the planets. Epicycles hold the record for longest running scientific goof in history!
17th Century doctors thought rubbing chicken dung into your scalp would cure baldness! They also thought leeches sucked disease out of patients.
18th Century Geologists thought the Earth was 6000 years old, because, well, that’s what the church wanted!vPrior to the 1950s, scientists thought proteins carried our heredity.
Until the 19th Century, doctors thought infection was caused by bad air, from which we get the term “Malaria.”
Scientists claimed cigarettes were good for you up until the 1950s. They even had a machine to pump tobacco smoke into your anus; the origin of the phrase “blowing smoke up your a**!”
Until 2005, doctors thought ulcers were caused by stress.
National Geographic should not be questioning why people do not trust science after its own 1999 “Piltdown Chicken” scandal!
Science is not perfect. Science does make mistakes. The beauty of science is supposed to be that they admit it, not use the label of “science” like a modern religious icon to push agendas onto people! Anyone who says the “Science is settled” is not being scientific, they are being propagandistic!
Religious leaders say “trust us.”
Politicians say “trust us.”
The Washington Post says “trust us.”
But science is not religion, politics, or mass media.
Science is reproducibility and independent verification of results, something notoriously lacking in the claims of human-caused global warming.
Back on March 20, 2000, the UK Independent, a newspaper (much like the Washington Post) ran the headline story “Snowfalls are now a thing of the past”, describing how we would all have to describe or show pictures to our children of what it was like to have a white winter, because the CONSENSUS was that the warming world would make snow a rarity. The Earth has had several record-setting winters since then. Real scientists (meaning those who have not sold their integrity for generous research grants from the promoters of a carbon tax) would acknowledge that the real world did not match the predictions in those computer models, and would, as they say, go back to the drawing board.
Far form the claimed 97% consensus, virtually every climatologist not in the pay of the carbon tax people acknowledge that the dominant control over climate on Earth is th sun, which is entering a period of reduced activity; a repeat of the Maunder Minimum, and bringing with it, a repeat of the Little Ice Age that chilled the Earth from 1300 and 1870.
But global warming was never science. It is a political agenda, to push for a carbon tax and more control over our lives, and a little thing like reality should never be allowed to stand in the way of another grab for our wallets.
So it is that we have the Washington Post, ever faithful servant of the powers that be, and unrepentant over its telling about Saddam’s nukes, continuing to spout the approved fairy tales while winter lingers and the scent of manure wafts through the air!
Posted on April 16, 2016 by Boulderdash