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Scientists Fallability

Scientists Fallability

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Published by Paul Richardson
Scientists usually have to face the fact and get it right but only after much harm is done by their emotional and political biases in the interim.
Scientists usually have to face the fact and get it right but only after much harm is done by their emotional and political biases in the interim.

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Published by: Paul Richardson on Jun 04, 2014
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 Needed Engineers
Paul Richardson June 2014
 
 
 
Excerpt from
 A Troublesome Inheritance, Genes, Race and Human History,
Nicholas Wade, Penguin Press, 2014
Two lessons to be drawn…. One is that scientists, despite their training to
be objective observers, are as fallible as anyone else when their emotions or politics are involved. Whether they come from the right or from the left. [He points out elsewhere that today the vast majority of scientists are
“coming from the left”.]
 A second is that, despite the personal failings of some [most] scientists, science as a knowledge-generating system does tend to correct itself, though often only after considerable delay [decades or more]. It is during these delay periods that great harm can be caused by those who use uncorrected scientific findings to propagate injurious policies. Engineers have to understand science to do their jobs; designing solutions to real
world problems that actually work. However, engineers who don’t produce
competitive real world
solutions to difficult problems don’t “make it” in their
profession. Scientists, as the quote above reminds us are often biased and have a
“go with the herd” mentality. Why, because their livelihoods to a great extent depend on toeing the “elites” party
line. Oh, scientists eventually get it right when a Newton, or a Galileo, or an Einstein comes along and proves their original majority supported
scientific “facts” to be balderdash. The elites handing out the grants get the “scientific” conclusions they
 
desire or they don’t give out the grants. Engineers don’t get grants they get paid for problem solving. The
discipline enforced on them makes them much better problem solvers and much, much, much more objective in their observations of the real world. The damage that Wade mentions during the period from biased (untrue) scientific beliefs to eventually realizing that the real data simply does not support their tenets, is a period where immense damage can be done to society. That is, expending valuable resources on programs that are not based on sound science is
something we simply can’t afford. This, no matter who wants to get rich or gain
more power using the flawed science to create false crisis after false crisis. It is time for the electorate to wake up and smell the coffee because there is too much power and wealth at stake for the political and elite class to play fair.

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