Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:31 PM
The reason “science is under attack” is largely due to the fact that “science”, politics and religion have become interchangeable.
There was a time in the distant past that if there was an issue, then a “scientist” would gather data relative to the issue, interpret that data, and present a hypothesis based on that interpretation. Other scientists would then test that hypothesis, and prove it either right or wrong. If it were proven right, then it would be accepted as fact, and science would advance. If it were proven wrong, then the hypotheses would be either abandoned or modified, and the process would be repeated.
However, in the current climate, these archaic principles have largely been abandoned.
The current practice is for someone to formulate a hypothesis, then manufacture the data to support that hypothesis. This hypothesis and manufactured data are them passed around amongst friends of the author who provide the hypothesis with their stamp of approval.
On future occasions, when these “friends” come up with a hypothesis, the favor is returned.
As a consequence of this process, much garbage is produced under the guise of “science”.
However, most scientists have neither the time or the inclination to check the veracity of either the process or the results; and therefore accept the thesis on face value.
Once the thesis has been accepted, it becomes dogma and few will challenge it.
However, quite often the hypothesis becomes a matter of general interest. Under those circumstances, the thesis is shown to be bogus, and is discarded. However, in the process the entire scientific process becomes tainted.
The cumulative effect of this tainting of the process is that “science” in general has become suspect, and the general public, scientists included, have become very cynical of both “science” and “scientists”.
Given this corruption of science, and the cynicism of the public, it is hardly surprising that “science” and “Scientists” are bundled together with snake oil salesmen and charlatans. The general public have become distrustful of science and look elsewhere for their answers.
We have been observing this on this site with respect to “The Great Global Warming Scam”.
A number of individuals have put themselves forward in these threads as “scientists”, claiming some kind of divine superiority over the general unwashed masses. In reality, they have demonstrated that they have become caught up in the general corruption of science, and are no more knowledgeable than anyone else. Their opinions are of no particular value.
This has relevance to the topic of this web site: the supernormal.
The debate over climate has shown that those who purport to be scientists are no less prone to be belief driven than anyone else. On this site, this belief driven mentality has been demonstrated by the self-appointed spokesmen for science, manifest in their outright rejection of even the concept that there may be bodies of knowledge beyond the boundaries currently set by “science”.
In other words, they have formed opinions without any evidence, and then proceeded to defend those opinions.
Since this attitude is manifest throughout science, it is hardly surprising that science is “under attack”.
Scientists have to do a lot of work to clean up their act before they will be able to separate themselves from snake oil salesmen, lawyers and used car salesmen.