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No. If you follow the path of science, you are going to be playing with ideas that are either objectively wrong, or socially wrong, at a much higher rate than if you just followed the experts. The Nobel prize recipient Paul Krugman predicted that the Internet would have a small effect (“The growth of the Internet will slow drastically (…) By 2005, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”). Right. Geology textbooks in 1950 did present continental drift as a plausible possibility. Since not genuinely peer reviewed, since not in conformity with journal rules, therefore not genuine science, therefore mere theology. Receive science as a set of facts. admit the possibility of continental drift, because no recognized Secondly, there isn’t very strong evidence that wearing masks is effective, but since there is very little downside to wearing a mask the old adage of “it’s better than nothing” applies. I learned about the oil drop experiment issue in college. You can make a constitutional argument, deriving it formally from first principles. document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "aa8346e7b268b1305bab7d252dadff5c" );document.getElementById("h4a31ddfa8").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Jim's Blog is proudly powered by WordPress Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). Science and Technology links (July 11th 2020), Science and Technology links (November 28th 2020). Science is not that which the state decrees to be science. It is another to reach a conclusion and have it become the consensus, for decades, while being wrong. Critically, it must allow for a young man, without a PhD, without his own lab, to be able to do some experiments, write a paper, be published, without people who think otherwise be able to censor him. For example, when designing electrical circuits operating at human life compatible temperatures with manually manipulated materials, we can manage with Faraday’s laws and don’t need to account for quantum effects as for semi-conductors (scale) or superconductors (temperature). His mechanism – rebalancing after ejecting the Earth’s moon – was also wrong. To create code blocks or other preformatted text, indent by four spaces: To create not a block, but an inline code span, use backticks: For more help see http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax. What I am stating is that, at the high school level, we teach very little science. How will you able to prove what people thought, a century from now? Here’s how you take it off. “… even after the Santos Dummont had made …”. (Update: it turns out that I was wrong about this.). At best, it may mean “knowledge related to the natural sciences”, say… but what do you make of “medical science” and so forth. And to be clear, omitting quantum effects when designing electrical circuits is not being unscientific. Daniel Lemire is a computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ) in Montreal. Krugman openly dismissed the economic importance of the Internet. It seems that you were correct and in this respect I was wrong. This is not a small mistake. "Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" - Richard Feynman Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Certainly. There is a beautiful talk by his daughter and there are many interviews with his sister who became a physicist herself. (…) I think we live in an unscientific age in which almost all the buffeting of communications and television-words, books, and so on-are unscientific. There was specific reasoning behind this thought, namely that masks may have been in short supply for healthcare workers, if everyone stockpiled them like they did toilet paper. They view it as an established (though expanding) body of knowledge to be mastered. Indeed, we are happy to teach the art of writing essays. At no point in time have you ever perceived that the experts were wrong. Teach science a large set of facts and techniques. Introduction to Geology, 3rd ed, William Berryman Scott, (1944), geology professor (emeritus) mentions continental drift in passing, but without ridicule at https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.205374/page/n493/mode/2up?q=drift : An alternative explanation of the origin of mountain ranges is derived from the Taylor- Wegener hypothesis of continental drift and is developed by Professor R. A. Daly in his Our Mobile Earth. Well done. The first mentioned nothing about continental drift. And you must question your own ideas with even more effort than you question other ideas. Great article! Not for 2, 3 years. Which is true, and the problem I highlighted earlier in finding a good enough engine. Here’s what you don’t do while wearing a mask.

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