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    science evolves because scientists research. they're not looking to "challenge consensus," they're looking to answer unanswered questions. a scientist looking to "challenge consensus" wouldn't last long. you have literally no understanding of how science works.

    obviously, science continues, because there continue to be worlds of unknowns, and new nuances and new dimensions, and one answer often leads to new questions. that doesn't mean that consensus is challenged. the heliocentric solar system. the germ theory of disease. the double helix. relativity. quantum mechanics. you have literally nothing to add on the subject of climate science.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 05:18:06 PM PDT

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    •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

      Science is all about disproving the status quo. The most prized thing to do in science is to disprove someone else. Sir Karl Popper discussed this in detail. If you can falsify another scientist's hypothesis you have done the ultimate service.

      Science is about finding weaknesses in what we think we know. Constantly challenging the assumptions we make is what makes science the best method of obtaining knowledge. Without skepticism of what we think we know it becomes a circle jerk where everyone keeps verifying what they think they already know.

      There is nothing one can't verify if they seek to do so. That's why science is demarcated and distinguished by its requirement that things be falsifiable. That is the heart of the scientific method. If you develop a theory that cannot be tested against the evidence you have a theory that cannot be falsified and that is psuedoscience.

      The first rule of government should be "Do no harm." The urge to act can frustrate the desire to help.

      by Common Cents on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 05:49:03 PM PDT

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      •  you know nothing about science (1+ / 0-)
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        scientists don't give a shit about the status quo, they want to deepen and broaden understanding. discovery of the higgs boson didn't overturn the status quo, it confirmed it.

        i hope you never get ill, because whatever the doctors tell you will be based on the scientific consensus, which no doubt you'll ignore. we should stop vaccinating children, because the consensus will be overturned and jenny mccarthy will be proved right.

        your arguments could not be more ridiculous. i reiterate: you know nothing about science, and less about climate science.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 07:02:06 PM PDT

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