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Consensus Is Not Science
Musings from the Chiefio

15 July 2011

by E.M.Smith


In “tips” on WUWT there was a pointer to an article that does a wonderful job of demonstrating just why “consensus science” is an oxymoron. It is written by Mike Smith the Meteorologist (not me, yet another “Mike Smith”… there is one of us per 2000 of working population. I have seen the death of Mike Smith in a boating accident reported on the nightly news by, yes, Mike Smith as Mike Smith watched it on TV…)

Well worth the read of the whole thing, so I’m just putting a ‘teaser’ here. Hit the link, it is better read as a whole…

It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
Zombie science: A sinister consequence of
evaluating scientific theories purely on the basis of enlightened self-interest.
Medical Hypotheses. 2008; Volume 71: 327-329

" So, zombie science is not useable by applied science. What, then, is its function?
In a nutshell, zombie science is supported because it is useful propaganda.
Zombie science is deployed in arenas such as political rhetoric, public administration, management, public relations, marketing and the mass media generally.
It persuades, it constructs taboos, it buttresses some kind of rhetorical attempt to shape mass opinion.

Indeed, zombie science often comes across in the mass media as being more plausible than real science; and
it is precisely the superficial face-plausibility which in actuality is the sole and sufficient purpose of zombie science.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken.  

The hobgoblins have to be imaginary so that
"they" can offer their solutions, not THE solutions.

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