Friday, December 14, 2007

Indulgences Again

A study reported by the International Journal of Climatology says that today’s models for measuring warming are flawed, and that the atmosphere may not be warming as much as was thought. This study was done by scientists who are not global warming skeptics, and who are in fact the world's premier authorities on collection and analysis of satellite-derived temperature data.

The response from the scientific community to this report was, “it does not agree with current Scientific Consensus.”

Scientific Consensus? Since when does science depend on consensus to determine truth and not the facts? Apparently for some time now. A Google search of the term reveals page after page of results, most dealing with global warming. Some go so far as to say that science uses “scientific consensus” to reach a determination of truth!

Basically, this is the way it works: if a majority of scientists believe something, say, that the Earth is flat, then the Earth is scientifically shown to be flat. Any facts contrary to consensus by definition are wrong.

Where is Galileo when you need him? Our perhaps what the scientific community needs today is a modern Martin Luther, considering how dogmatic it has become.

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