The dangers of settled science

Regular readers know Marica, who occasionally comments here.  If you like her comments, as I do, you might want to check out the blog she’s started, Big Food, Big Garden, Big Life.  While you’re there, be sure to read this post, about the Left’s smug belief in the righteousness of its “scientific” views, and about the dangers of settled science.

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  1. suek says

    I went. I read. I tried to comment.

    I would make it a regular – I think we’re on the same wavelength – but the frustration of not being able to comment without remembering yet another set of passwords will probably limit my participation. She has options of being signed in with a google account or one of the open ID accounts – no “Name URL” option that I normally use on those blogs that require sign in of some sort.

    So…Marica – if you’re reading…

    Not only do I also have the Meta Given _Modern_ Cookbook in my collection – but I whole heartedly agree with you on the matter of “fewer than”. I silently mouth that correction about 10 times a day while watching TV…! I’d happily register – as we do here at Bookworm Room – if you offered that option!

  2. Caped Crusader says

    If it is not perpetually undergoing scrutiny, challenge, revision and improvement through newly discovered “facts” it is not science, but dogma. Nearly everything I learned in 1956 astronomy, much of biology, and nearly all “social” sciences everything except basic mathematics, has since to a large degree been proven false.
     
    “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
    Galileo Galilei

  3. Marica says

    Super Duper! Thanks for everything, Book!

    suck– I will try to figure out what you are talking about as soon as I finish generating a bunch of garbage. (I’m cleaning house.) 

  4. Marica says

    Oh my! Is that an ‘e’ or a ‘u’? I’m sorry suek. 

    Would someone mind helping me out here? I have four choices for who can comment.

    Anyone– includes anonymous
    Registered user– includes open id
    User with google account
    Only members of this blog

    Which should I choose for ease of commenting? (Anyone seems very creepy, doesn’t it?) 

  5. Charles Martel says

    Caped Crusader, I know exactly what you mean about astronomy. When I was a kid in the Fifties, I was a budding astronomer with my own ramshackle telescope and small library of used and borrowed books on the subject. Looking back over more than 50 years, I’m astonished at how little we knew back then.
     
    God bless the robot explorers that the monkeys from Planet 3 have been strewing around the solar system all these years. God bless Hubble, and the big mountaintop telescopes, and the physicists who keep throwing weird new revelations and insights at us.

  6. suek says

    Marica…

    I can’t really help with the computer part. I’d be inclined to go with “anyone”, but understand your reluctance. I’d probably go that way myself, but if those idiots who plague the bloggers of the world decided to make you a target, I’d probably go with “Members”…

    But it’s a personal issue and a personal decision – that’s for sure.

    >>Is that an ‘e’ or a ‘u’? I’m sorry suek. >>

    No problem. I notice you’ve been renamed Marcia on occasion. Guess we’ll survive!

  7. says

    The settled science in Marica’s post was real big here in California, especially San Francisco. From 1909 to 1963, more than 20,000 people were sterilized. Though it was started with the intent of preventing mental and physical disorders, the program quickly included the general Negro population which was only 1% of CA population, but was 4% of those sterilized, and Mexicans who had very large families and the powers that be feared a Mexican takeover without population control. The last sterilization was in 1963, if I recall correctly, and the law was repealed in 1979.

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