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When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

Think Christianly: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

Sunday, March 21, 2010

When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

Here is a thought-provoking article over at the American by Jay Richards.

"Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd." (read more)

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Blogger Jim Fisher said...

I'm curious, John. Does it ever strike you as just a bit odd that, on the scientific matters of evolution and climate change, that the divide between people who accept the overwhelming consensus and people who deny the science are sharply divided along political lines?

If you are a staunch right wing Christian republican, you are generally going to reject the scientific consensus.

If you are on the far left, whatever hyperbole Algore spews is gospel.

The science is in the middle somewhere.

I find the political stances odd in this debate. What place does polotics and religion have in matters of pure science?

Why in the world would you put a "Darwinian evolution" in your meta tags? What in the heck does that have to do with climate change?

Me? I'm not qualified to weigh all the seemingly-contrary evidence on global warming so I have no choice but to place my bets on the OVERWHELMING consensus that you and your flock invariably deny. I will think nothing of changing my stance when enough evidence is presented that swings the consensus.

What would it take to change your mind, Jonathan?

March 25, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

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