[extropy-chat] Re: extropy-chat Digest, Vol 7, Issue 18

Harvey Newstrom mail at HarveyNewstrom.com
Tue Apr 20 23:08:55 UTC 2004

On Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at 06:42 am, Amara Graps wrote:

> Chris Phoenix <cphoenix at CRNano.org>:
>> Even scientists reject observations all the time.  They read the data
>> differently.  They assert that there must be errors in the method.
> yes, true
>> They
>> attack the credentials of the observer.  They change the subject.  
>> They
>> build strawman attacks, and frequently even appear to convince
>> themselves.  They form cliques.  They tell their students not to even
>> read the claims, and certainly not to investigate them.
> to be fair, I don't think that this is the norm. Yes, it happens,
> but it is not the common way that scientists (that I know, anyway)
> think about and solve problems.

I would argue even further that since these activities are the opposite 
of the scientific method, those people who behave this way are not 
behaving like scientists.

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