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So you decided to start distrusting scientists... Interesting...

A few years ago we might have administered a panel of tests to ascertain your diminished mental capacity. Now we simply ask your caregiver if you watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh, and recommend a legal website for creating the power of attorney you should sign as soon as possible...

Please don’t lose faith in science, papa! Consider this: The politicians are asking you to trust them over the scientific community. Does that sound like a good idea: trusting a politician over an accredited scientist?

You used to know the answer to this!

You used to know that some politicians will say anything to get themselves elected, while research scientists have nothing to lose but their professional credibility.

Dad. I, your (daughter/son), am a scientist...


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  •  An authoritarian society (3+ / 0-)

    can have no authority except the Authority.  Thus, science (or logic itself for that matter) can have no authority to contradict the Authority.

    What do the Defend-NSAers-at-any-cost hope for society to gain from Snowden turning himself in and standing trial? I suspect it'll be a cold day in hell before any of them finally give a reasonable, coherent answer to that question.

    by happymisanthropy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:36:18 PM PDT

  •  Scientists won't lose faith in "us". (1+ / 0-)
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    Science is simply a means to discover what's going on, a methodology. No matter what people may be thinking at the time, people will still use the scientific method to learn about the world around us and discover the facts, no matter what the "truth" may be according to politicians.

    •  It was intended as an ominous but empty threat... (0+ / 0-)

      Just to get 'their' attention. My point was to cast in sharp relief the differences between politicians and scientists with a simple dialectical argument.

      Politicians can AND DO lose faith in 'us'. The disingenuousness and cynicism of the climate change deniers is my case in point. And they project their own moral weakness onto scientists, suspecting them of the same shenanigans that they themselves would use if they were scientists...

      But 'we' know that scientists—almost by definition—are incapable of the kind of professional misconduct, turpitude and mendacity of which they are accused by the climate scientist conspiracy theorists.

      Yes, every once in a while a scientist is caught cheating, at which point they are no longer considered to be scientists. A conspiracy of two or more scientists, let alone 30,000, is utterly unsustainable!

  •  She blinded me... (0+ / 0-)

    The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today. - August Spies

    by joegoldstein on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:56:12 AM PDT

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