A centralized system where opposing viewpoints were not allowed, careers were lost for those who didn’t go along with the program, overconfidence abounded especially with President Obama in office, huge amounts of taxpayer’s money was spent while most mainstream media outlets practiced a no questioning policy, rather hype the news which came from there.
Many policymakers would just eat it up without much debate on most issues. Creationists and intelligent design proponents cried fowl for many years to how things were being conducted and demanded more freedom to be critical of the centralized system.
Then along came climategate and the public got a taste of the true fruits of this centralized system known as the science consensus which continues to tumble from it’s kingship! Not long ago, this couldn’t have never been predicted, but in the journal of science of all places we read the following…
“As a climate scientist and a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, my heart always warms when I hear policy-makers refer to doing what “the science dictates,” as President Obama did in his remarks toward the end of the U.N. Climate Change Treaty negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark.”
“However, after the first-hand experience of the rapid crash of the Copenhagen meeting, I have changed my thinking: World leaders, please stop listening to us! I don’t say this because I have lost faith in the verity of scientific results or the projected warming and subsequent global damages. I say this because international policy-makers are adhering too rigidly and too literally to recommended concentration thresholds and emissions targets, and it is crippling the international policy process.”
He argues perfectionism (kingship) is crippling the science consensus like a near-obsessive need to benchmark everything against the 2°C target!
Anthony Cashmore, a biologist at University of Pennsylvania, told the National Academy of Sciences they have no free will. He also expanded that comment to criminals who he suggests don’t have the free will to prevent themselves from being civil and productive in society.
In other words, he is suggesting the devil or should I say “natural causes” forces people do things against their alledged good will…Did Dr. Cashmore produce any lab results or scientific evidence for such conclusions? Are you kidding? No, he didn’t present any evidence for his conclusion.
In nature news…
“One of the main jobs of the AAAS meeting is to parcel up original research that has already been published, and often publicized, into digestible chunks. These then reappear as news stories in papers and broadcasts around the world, turbocharged by quotes from the scientific luminaries attending the meeting.”
“This at least marks a change in tempo from the weekly routine, which converts original scientific findings, via a production line of embargoed press releases from journals and universities, into a steady stream of largely uncritical stories…”
Macilwain needs to be applauded for his efforts, indeed we agree that the media should hold science accountable, even questioning the data, allowing findings have a “detailed, critical assessment” which shows how it’s really practiced. Scientists are only humans, we should not put them on some sort of throne where they can dictate policy, human behavior, and so on…The solution is an open scientific consensus system which allows freedom while holding science accountable!