01 December 2018

Quote for the day -- they tend to get their math right

Found via Shaw Kenawe.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Trumpeters probably think the Mars probe is all Fake News too.

01 December, 2018 04:01  
Anonymous Scottie said...

Great point. It is stunning how the people with the least knowledge of a subject think they personally know more than others who have advanced degrees in the subject and work in that field. Hugs

01 December, 2018 04:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I've already heard of a few cases of that.

Scottie: Scientists have one hell of an impressive track record, something the doofuses who challenge them don't seem to grasp.

01 December, 2018 05:04  
Anonymous NickM said...

Well, I'd heard people giving Trump credit for the Mars probe. Obviously people with no understanding of the lead times for this sort of thing...

As far as the OP quote... It is alas a false comparison in many ways. The two are very different kinds of problems. Climate deals with deep complexity rather than deep space and the two are very different things to understand and work with.

01 December, 2018 07:54  
Blogger Martha said...

I agree with Debra. This will be fake news to people like that. I personally know people who deny climate change and no amount of evidence will change it. They believe WE'RE ignorant. They start off with "In my opinion..." As if someone's opinion has more credibility about climate change than scientific data. One day I'm going to eye roll myself into another dimension.

01 December, 2018 08:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nikc: The point is, science is pretty much the only system we have for discovering reality that actually works, and it has a hell of a long track record of practical successes. The predictions of the climate-change model (melting ice, increasing extreme-weather events, etc.) have been borne out so far except that they're generally getting worse faster than the models predicted. Yes, different fields of science differ in how they work, due to the nature of what they study, but the consensus of scientists in any field is far more likely to be right than a bunch of religious ignoramuses and libertarian ideologists who simply can't stomach recognizing a problem which is likely to be solvable only by major government action.

Martha: The prevalence of global-warming denialism in the US population is decreasing over time, probably because the country keeps getting hammered with extreme weather with a frequency that just didn't happen a few decades ago. There will always be a hard core of unreachables, though, just as with creationism and suchlike. I get the impression there's very little denialism in the developed world outside the Anglosphere, though, probably because those countries don't really have ideological libertarianism.

01 December, 2018 09:11  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Hah! Spot on.

01 December, 2018 12:04  
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