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  •  Faith vs: Reason (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm afraid that this flap over plagiarism will not change a single person's opinions on the subject.  People who's opinions are based on faith generally reject any science that is inconsistent with their revealed truth.  

    The nature of revealed truth is that it picks and choses the techniques of science as they support and confirm the prejudices of the believer.  The use of logic is a good example.  Science uses logic as a method for analyzing and ordering scientific evidence and ideas.  It is a tool and does not of itself yield scientific truth.  When a scientific argument is presented the first question is always about the EVIDENCE, the premises.

    Those who have an unshakable faith that global warming cannot be happening, and wish to reject the large and growing body of EVIDENCE confirming global warming, invariably pick and chose only those bits of contrary evidence that confirm their faith.  I predict they will have no problem with the claims of plagiarism outlined here, but will instead adopt the lie as necessarily "true" because it passes their witch test.

    Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

    by boatwright on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 03:10:48 PM PST

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