3 thoughts on “Save Us from the Tyranny of ‘Settled’ Science”

  1. I have always said that “science” is not a body of lore; it is a method that we use to test assertions.
    If someone tells you such-and-such is so, and you accept it – that is faith.
    If someone tells you such-and-such is so, and you test it – that is science.
    The popularity of ‘faith’ as a method of accumulating knowledge is due to the inherent laziness of the human mind. Believing takes far less work than thinking, and ‘doubt’ is unfashionable.

  2. A relative gave us a subscription to the State’s Game Department newsletter, a slick propaganda mag. One issue they had a an article about sage brush. They told us that only pronghorns and sage grouse could eat it’s leaves because of the high nitrate content. They emphatically stated that “no other animal could eat the leaves.” This of course was “settled science” from our erstwhile game biologists. As I read this I looked out of the window at the deer pigging out on sage brush leaves on the hillside that has been undisturbed for decades. Later I went out to where I had seen this and the brush was stripped of leaves, also there have never been any pronghorns or sage grouse anywhere near here.
    I guess our eyes and the deer must be “ignorant and uneducated”.

  3. Every time I read or hear the words “settled science,” I find it necessary to seize the opportunity to offer my definition:

    The term “settled science” is an oxymoron used by real morons to manipulate their fellow morons at the expense of everyone, moron or not.

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