[extropy-chat] Re: extropy-chat Digest, Vol 7, Issue 18
deimtee at optusnet.com.au
Thu Apr 22 11:17:07 UTC 2004
Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> 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
>>> 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.
No, they are behaving like science teachers. This is not meant to be
funny, many science teachers do behave like this, at all levels.
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