Where my love of science began

Some wise words to consider if one is not to make a fool of oneself when one is deriding another person’s opinion because it is not “backed by peer reviewed science”.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” ------- Arthur Schopenhauer

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance at being correct.” ----- Niels Bohr, Nobel Laureate & Quantum Physics Pioneer

“Without the doubt, question, and challenge of Science, Scientific achievement would have stagnated and died thousands of years ago.” ------- Bill Flannery, one who dares to doubt.

@Termite said in Where my love of science began:

Some wise words to consider if one is not to make a fool of oneself when one is deriding another person’s opinion because it is not “backed by peer reviewed science”.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” ------- Arthur Schopenhauer

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance at being correct.” ----- Niels Bohr, Nobel Laureate & Quantum Physics Pioneer

“Without the doubt, question, and challenge of Science, Scientific achievement would have stagnated and died thousands of years ago.” ------- Bill Flannery, one who dares to doubt. Some are too scared.

If proponents of any view of climate change wish to hear other views, the ABC Science Show broadcast last Saturday should be compulsory listening. You’ll hear respected scientists from several sides putting their views, and rebuttals. (You’ll also hear Malcolm Roberts, the loony tunes Senator, but he’s only there as an example of idiocy.)

Link to the podcast is here.
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Unfortunately climate change is the least of our worries, micro plastics will kill us all before it gets too hot to live on earth. It’s already in the food chain and there are millions of unrecoverable tonnes of the stuff slowly being ground to fine particles that will poison us all.
You say you don’t eat sea food, so it won’t affect you? Too bad that a lot of livestock and chicken feed has quantities of fish meal in it.
How’s that for a dose of doom and gloom.

Termite, I can guarantee that 99.9% of people I hear expressing ‘doubt’ about a scientific theory neither do their own research (googling is not research) nor contribute to the ‘debate’ in any way shape or form other than with hot air. That includes every single politician and probably the majority of others, including those here.

If anyone holds doubts about something, like anthropomorphic climate change, arguing about it on a forum is not going to achieve anything at all. They need to get their arses up to the Arctic circle and drill some ice holes.

There is a very small group of people whose doubt/scepticism makes a positive contribution to a field. The rest of us are just shooting the breeze. Being a random guy on the internet expressing doubts or scepticism about a commonly-held belief does not make one a maverick.

The problem with it is that there are many self-styled gurus out there who espouse all kinds of bullshit with no basis and enough people believe in them for it to become detrimental to society. Like anti-vax.

I’m not saying one shouldn’t hold an opinion, but if one’s opinion is that there is doubt about the science, but that’s all one has, then one can expect to be challenged to provide the proof for any assertions one makes. And yes indeed derided.

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Yes, being skeptical about science is fine, but you have to accept evidence. Evidence is obtained from research. Evidence is checked for accuracy and checked again to make sure.

If the researchers into autistic children in main stream schools found that that was detrimental to the other students, then I would have agreed with Pauline Hanson but it didn’t so I don’t.

Having opinions about things that you don’t understand is going to be problematic and open you up to criticism. People who don’t believe in anthropomorphic climate change just don’t understand it.

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@Termite said in Where my love of science began:

Unfortunately climate change is the least of our worries, micro plastics will kill us all before it gets too hot to live on earth. It’s already in the food chain and there are millions of unrecoverable tonnes of the stuff slowly being ground to fine particles that will poison us all.
You say you don’t eat sea food, so it won’t affect you? Too bad that a lot of livestock and chicken feed has quantities of fish meal in it.
How’s that for a dose of doom and gloom.

Just because we feed fish by products to chickens doesn’t mean there isn’t alternatives.

However, there are 1.5 to 2 billion people who rely on the sea as their primary source of protein. When the ocean ecosystem collapses, it will be sad for them.

The effects of climate change will far out weigh the effects of plastic. If you are interested in learning, have a look at this article by NASA about the effects of a 2 degree warming. We are already nearly at 1.5 degrees warming.
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2458/why-a-half-degree-temperature-rise-is-a-big-deal/

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Those with truly inquiring minds will, of course, have checked those equations to see if they are correct.

FWIW, they seem to be.

The key words being Credible Evidence, and the definition thereof.

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The most rigor applied to any evidence is with the Scientific Method.

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This isn’t to say it is perfect, nothing is but if there is a body of evidence, not just an individual study, then to the best of human ability, it is correct.

@Termite What is your definition of credible evidence?

@dog said in Where my love of science began:

This isn’t to say it is perfect

You are right… where is the beer? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

@Cliff-Rogers said in Where my love of science began:

This isn’t to say it is perfect

This is exactly my point.

It may not be perfect but it certainly beats the hell out of magical/spiritual explanations, gut-feels and stubborn pig-headedness…

It is written that’s why…

@silentC said in Where my love of science began:

magical/spiritual explanations, gut-feels and stubborn pig-headedness…

Isn’t that what the whole of this country is built on? :eyes:

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You need a hobby Dog, ever thought about taking up woodwork or photography or maybe get a pet, you have to stop reading all the shit on the internet before it fjooks with yer head. :collision:

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Too late I fear. Keeps me off the streets.

Well I’ve just seen a pretty convincing anti-vac article:

Read this @dog and open your eyes! :smile:

https://www.stayathomemommy.com/my-kids/mum-confession-im-coming-out-as-anti-vac/

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