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1 calochortus  Jun 7, 2015 9:07:53am

And that, boys and girls, is why we should believe scientific findings in general. It’s because they are falsifiable. And sooner or later, a false claim, or unrepeatable experiment is very likely to be exposed.

It’s fine to be cautious in accepting new data, but the very fact that some things are proved not to be true is what gives me confidence in science as a whole.

2 andres  Jun 7, 2015 5:12:49pm

This is why the tin foil worthy climate change conspiracy is foolish. There is much more incentive to upstage the current status quo.

3 John Vreeland  Jun 7, 2015 6:06:42pm

Nobody ever won a Nobel for reaffirming the status quo. This is something I try to remind creationists about when when they start claiming otherwise. But this has little to do with whistle-blowing, which has little incentive, unfortunately.

4 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jun 8, 2015 12:09:16am

re: #1 calochortus

And that, boys and girls, is why we should believe scientific findings in general. It’s because they are falsifiable. And sooner or later, a false claim, or unrepeatable experiment is very likely to be exposed.

It’s fine to be cautious in accepting new data, but the very fact that some things are proved not to be true is what gives me confidence in science as a whole.

The climate change denialists and creationists don’t understand this part of science at all. Science is all about checking and rechecking results, verifiability, and redundancy. This guy LaCour published something that contradicted what most social scientists had understood. On the surface, his methodology and results looked good. So, Broockman wanted to verify LaCour’s study by doing his own. And he discovered to his surprise that it couldn’t be done. Why? Because LaCour fabricated everything.

It took Broockman less than two years to demolish LaCour’s findings. If evolution and AGW were fabrications, more than one scientist would have discovered it by now — both are longstanding theories. Instead, what scientists have found supports both theories, so we accept them as valid.


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