Thursday, July 29, 2010

Science v. Stupid

A new survey out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that 97 out of 100 scientists agree that climate change is "very likely" caused mainly by human activity. As for the remaining 3% who disagree:

The study found their average expertise is far below that of their colleagues, as measured by publication and citation rates.

In other words, the 3 out of 100 scientists who disagree don't know what the f*ck they're talking about.

But it's a very safe bet this survey won't give the conservative skeptics pause. If anything it will only encourage neanderthals like Jim Inhofe to keep on railing against those people with the effrontery to know what they're talking about. Patriotic Americans like Inhofe will never defer to intelligence or expertise: they defer only to the whims of corporations and the braying of the right wing lunatic fringe. May God help us as our planet fries into a sauna rock populated with idiots.


1 comment:

  1. As one who spent an entire career working in science, I had an opportunity to observe many types of people who were scientists. . . mostly experts in their field. Some were born agin xians who were experts in inorganic analysis but didn't believe in evolution. Others were experts in fluid dynamics and were porn dogs to the extreme.
    I can find a scientist who believes in just about anything.
    When you have a 97% agreement rate among scientist about something scientific, you can take it to the bank and stake your life on it.


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