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> >>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers - <ufo-updates-list.nul> >>Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 9:11:41 AM >>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: Science Denial In The 21St Century >>Source: ScienceNews.Org >>http://tinyurl.com/c324zul >>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. <snip> >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. William 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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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