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Re: Science Denial In The 21St Century

From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:54:48 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:35:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Science Denial In The 21St Century

>From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:17:33 -0400
>Subject: Re: Science Denial In The 21St Century

>>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
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>>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: Science Denial In The 21St Century

>>Source: ScienceNews.Org


>>Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

>>Science Denial In The 21St Century
>>By Nathan Seppa

>>MADISON, Wis. -- The arc of science has faced roadblocks for
>>centuries, but the pattern of denying the weight of evidence has
>>taken on new virulence recently. Highly motivated people openly
>>cast doubt on well-established evidence =E2=80=94 the theory of
>>evolution, the human effects on climate change, the value of
>>vaccines and other findings that have achieved an overwhelming
>>consensus in the scientific community.

>>Researchers and science writers tasked with reporting on these
>>issues gathered April 23=C2--24 at the University of Wisconsin at a
>>meeting titled, =E2=80=9CScience Writing in the Age of Denial. Some
>>noted that seemingly spontaneous denial of science in the
>>populace is quite often a carefully choreographed attack.


>If Nathan Seppa is looking for reasons why there is "science
>denial in the 21st century", perhaps it is this paternalistic
>attitude that is responsible. If there is a "pattern of denying
>the weight of evidence", it may be because there is often little
>evidence presented. Overwhelming consensus is not evidence.
>Scientists have a responsibility to explain their conclusions
>and make the reasoning accessible, especially when people are
>directly affected.

>And to bring it home to us, the same paternalistic attitude in
>the science community itself about what is proper to study, may
>account in part for the denial of UFOs as a worthwhile
>phenomenon. I personally encountered this impediment from a
>university department chairman many years ago when I expressed
>interest in doing graduate research in parapsychology.


Not a new problem. The book Science Was Wrong by Kathleen
Marden and myself has details on 14 situations in which
organized prominent scientists were totally wrong mostly because
of a combination of arrogance and ignorance.

The SETI community is displaying both these days.

Stan Friedman

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