Sunday, April 04, 2010

Free Scientific Inquiry

The Supreme Court has allowed carbon dioxide to be classified as a pollutant. The EPA has the (illegitimate) authority to enforce "carbon emission" restrictions. The Congress is likely to pass "Cap-and-Trade," which the President will sign enthusiastically. All of this is based on the junk science of those who are supposed to be engaged in free scientific inquiry, but have traded the pursuit of truth for fame and fortune while vilifying their detractors.

Thomas Sowell's latest article makes the point in a more eloquent manner:

Genuine science is the opposite of dogmatism, but that does not keep dogmatists from invoking the name of science in order to shut off debate. Science is a method of analysis, rather than simply a set of conclusions. In act, much of the history of science is a history of having to abandon the prevailing conclusions among scientists, in light of new evidence or new methods of analysis.

When the scientists in England who were promoting "global warming" hysteria sent e-mails out to colleagues, urging them not to reveal certain data and not to let the fact become widely known that there was a freedom-of-information act in Britain, they were behaving like politicians, rather than scientists.

The huge political, financial and ideological investment of many individuals and institutions in the "global warming" hysteria makes it virtually impossible for many of the climate crusaders to gamble it all on a roll of the dice, which is what empirical verification is. It is far safer to dogmatize and to demonize those who think otherwise.

The first word in the phrase "free scientific inquiry" is redundant.

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