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  •  Thanks for the diary, I've been doing some (1+ / 0-)
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    thinking on just this very subject of late, or more specifically how some scientists can disagree with other scientists on the same contentious subject. You use climate change as an example but there are other more closely challenged ideas.

    I call people scientists who have a BS in whatever.

    Often I notice an appeal to unscientific emotions or a misrepresentation of facts or cherry picking to advance a cause or concept.

    The folks I really like reading are the researchers who have been at something for years and have gone through many changes in their own thinking as they learn more or are better informed by new data or observations. Often they work long term for Universities. If someone is open to new ideas enough to discard old erroneous beliefs I'm hopeful that they follow the facts as best they can.

    I only wish journalists would be more careful with sources. Quoting the most respected scientists they can find instead of finding the scientist who fits their story.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:34:40 AM PDT

    •  If you read the comments in my (0+ / 0-)

      piece about Lyme Disease a couple of weeks ago, you can see that MY outlook changed because of the input of credible, peer reviewed scientific papers that the readers put into my attention.  Science MUST be fluid to accommodate better facts.

      I hope that you read and comment many more times.

      Warmest regards,


      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me over and over, then either I really love you blindly or I am a Republican.

      by Translator on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 08:57:45 PM PDT

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