The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We know that the science is settled. Everyone agrees on the truth. There's no need to look at the data, it's all been peer reviewed. Scientists who disagree are frauds -- or worse, ruffians on the take.

Am I describing the consensus on global warming? No, I am exaggerating the consensus that existed late last century on "quasicrystals":

In 1982, Shechtman discovered what are now called "quasicrystals" — atoms arranged in patterns that seemed forbidden by nature.

"I was thrown out of my research group. They said I brought shame on them with what I was saying," he recalled. "I never took it personally. I knew I was right and they were wrong."

Schechtman was just awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry. Note that he won over the scientific community with evidence, not by winning popularity contests.



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