23 December 2012

You Can Trust Science!


Because it’s never wrong:

The pygmy right whale, a mysterious and elusive creature that rarely comes to shore, is the last living relative of an ancient group of whales long believed to be extinct, a new study suggests.  [Emphasis added.]

And it’s never hacked:

Now, Retraction Watch has learned that the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) was hacked sometime last month, leading to faked peer reviews and retractions — although the submitting authors don’t seem to have been at fault. As of now, eleven papers by authors in China, India, Iran, and Turkey have been retracted from three journals.

People who put their faith in science are fools because not only is scientific knowledge limited, it is often fake.

5 comments:

  1. You seem to misunderstand how science works. It is not like holy scripture, we do not ascribe automatic truth to it. A good scientist is constantly skeptical of weakly established results, and even when it comes to strongly established results, a good scientist will keep an open mind and welcome strong evidence that falsifies those results.

    To "put faith in science" is not the same as "putting faith in the Bible" (believe what's written in it, literally or figuratively, without question). Rather it's just the conscious choice to participate in the ongoing discussion of how the world works (even when the evidence seems to suggest it works in a way you aren't very happy about).

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  2. BTW, you might be interested to know that a lot of scientists are currently boycotting Elsevier, not just for shit like what you wrote about, but also because they're a bunch of greedy c*nts who actively rip off scientists

    http://thecostofknowledge.com/

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  3. The above Anon is obviously one of these half-educated sophomores who has a positively superstitious degree of blind faith in the scientific establishment.

    This blog is getting bashed elsewhere in the manosphere by other science-idolaters.

    I would spend a few hours preaching about the practice of science, but I have a busy schedule today.

    Suffice it to say that the science business is a business, and just like the Coca-Cola corporation loves to encourage consumers to have brand loyalty to Coke, so too do the profiteers of science encourage the rabble to have blind loyalty to "science."

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  4. @Anon. #1- I don't think you get how irony works. I personally don't ascribe to the notion that science is infallible (in fact, I tend to view most scientific truths as tautological bullshit). However, there are those who do think science is infallible, at least given the way they continually appeal to the authority of science even though they often misunderstand it and go beyond its logical conclusions and natural limitations (and here I'm referring to those autistic atheist types). And yes, putting faith in science is the same as putting faith in the bible, or putting faith in the kama sutra, or the president of the united states. Hence the choice of choosing the term "putting faith in." When I use that phrase, I do not refer to those who want to dispassionately explore abstract models of physical mechanics. Don't argue from straw men.

    @anon.#2- yes, the practice of science is mostly profiteering, pure and simple. There's a wonderful book called "The myth of the Scientific Method" that describes this rather well.

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  5. Anon #1 here.

    "However, there are those who do think science is infallible, at least given the way they continually appeal to the authority of science even though they often misunderstand it and go beyond its logical conclusions and natural limitations (and here I'm referring to those autistic atheist types)."

    Oh lord, the autistic atheist types, may they all please disappear in some kind of atheist rapture. We are in complete agreement that they are suck. Please please PLEASE do not take them as the representatives of science.

    Science, mostly profiteering? You've let yourself be too influenced by rightwing tropes. Science is a brutal discipline, requiring constant unsleeping devotion, and it's competitive as flying fuck. And the pay? Miserable! If you're in the top .01% you'll get 200-300k/year. Much more likely, you'll be lucky to get 60k. Don't pretend that grants are the ticket to easy street either, try embezzling one of those for personal use and see how far you get. If scientists were in it for the money, they'd be much better off playing the stock market or poker.

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