Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Religion of Consensus Science ~ By John Kubicek

From Breakdown of America (BOA)
By John Kubicek January 25, 2010
How Consensus Science Works: Al Gore and the ObamaCorps NazisAbove: An illustration of how Consensus Science Works: Al Gore and the ObamaCorps Nazis
What if I were to tell you that there are people who are willing to tell you anything, even if it isn’t the truth, for just one simple reason: To control you. Does that sound like some kind of conspiracy theory brewing? Oh, I so much wish it was. I wish it was just the residue from some long-past episode of the X-Files. But it isn’t. The other night, I was alerted via twitter that there was a great column, which was actually the transcript to a speech, by Michael Crichton. I’m sure it was the title that drew my attention: “Aliens Cause Global Warming.” It took some time in reading, but I finally got down to the point of the speech:
I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.
And if you think that was some intense common sense, that was just the tip of the iceberg. I read that if you have a belief that is based on faith, where there is a realm that is completely unproven by science, it would be a “religion”. That’s where there’s a slight problem: If you tell a lie long enough, people will begin to believe it… The “sheeple” can be told that there is a consensus among scientists, and there is no longer a reason for debate. And if you do dare to bring up anything contrary to the “consensus,” say bye-bye to your career. READ FULL STORY >
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