Peace with Eagle-Eye SurveillanceIRSEarth and Man in Balance
Center for Political Science

Centers of Excellence - Answers Today Preventing Problems Tomorrow a blank space::>> admin <<::

Center for Political Science: News of the Day
  1. What does the White House plan to do to combat inflation?
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, about what the Biden administration is doing to take on inflation.

  2. 1 Republican argues for a narrower approach to changing a 19th century voting law
    NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to former Congressman Zach Wamp, a Republican from Tennessee, about efforts to rewrite the Electoral Count Act.

  3. The IRS faces backlogs from last year as a new tax filing season begins
    The IRS is "in the roughest shape it's been in in 50 years," says former commissioner Mark Everson. The agency, he says, is understaffed, has more work than it can handle and is underfunded.

  4. U.S. weighs sending 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia
    Biden is considering sending up to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, including Romania and Poland, a U.S. official told NPR. Russia has stationed 100,000 troops near Ukraine.

  5. Jan. 6 panel is investigating a Trump administration plan to seize voting machines
    Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi confirmed Sunday that an executive order was drafted for Trump to sign that would have used the military to seize machines in battleground states.

  6. West Virginia's plan to fight 2022 misinformation
    NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Mac Warner, West Virginia's secretary of state, about a bipartisan campaign by state election officials to fight misinformation ahead of the 2022 vote.

  7. Biden's predecessors could have felt his first-year pain
    Yet these early reversals haven't always been crippling. On the contrary, three of the past four presidents elected ? and five of the past eight ? have recovered from shaky starts to win re-election.

  8. Politics chat: Facing blockers in Congress, Biden goes directly to the people
    We look at President Biden's pivot the past week, from focusing on legislation and negotiating with Congress to focusing on communicating directly with American voters.

  9. Sarah Palin's defamation suit against 'The New York Times' gets its day in court
    Jury selection begins Monday in the former Alaska governor's case. A 2017 Times editorial wrongly connected an ad from her political action committee to the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords.

  10. Arizona Democrats have censured Kyrsten Sinema over her pro-filibuster vote
    The symbolic action comes as Sinema has come under criticism from progressive groups in Arizona after she voted to uphold the filibuster in the Senate.



Scientific Consensus - Politically Correct Words for Bullying

Commentary after commentary tries to browbeat opponents with the ‘scientific consensus’ of some point. As if the collective opinions of some group convey not just a stamp of approval on an issue but anoint their position with the ...

Content Management Powered by CuteNews


Posts
Scientific Consensus - Politically Correct Words for Bullying

Commentary after commentary tries to browbeat opponents with the ‘scientific consensus’ of some point. As if the collective opinions of some group convey not just a stamp of approval on an issue but anoint their position with the certitude of absolute truth. Would that it were so. Scientific consensus has become the pronouncement of sophisticated lynch mobs who, unable to prove a position, resort to derision of opposing positions with a pronouncement of collective wisdom.

The problem is that, quite often, the consensus is wrong. Sometimes ruinous, deadly wrong. Remember Richard Jewel? The Atlanta bomber -- only he wasn’t. Duke lacrosse? Those nasty college rapists -- only they weren’t. How about the flat earth believers? No, not the iconoclastic society that states its beliefs tongue-in-cheek; the real flat earthers of the Renaissance period. THE thinkers who began the Modern age, leaving behind the supposed ignorance of the Dark and Middle Ages. Those Renaissance thinkers were sure that the earth was flat, that if one traveled to the edge, they would fall into an abyss. No less certain, the sun and stars revolved around earth as the center of the universe. It is said that the court of Spain had those who were sure that Columbus would sail off of the earth and never return. The Catholic Church is purported to have condemned Galileo in 1632 for his heretical notion that the earth was a round globe hurtling through space about the sun. Throughout history, the Intelligentsia has relied upon consensus to impose its assumption as the only rational belief.

The philosopher, Descartes, observed, "There is nothing", he said, "so evident or so certain that it may not be controverted. Whence then this widespread and deep-rooted anarchy? From the fact that our inquiries are haphazard." There is no question on which men agree. "[T]here is hardly a statement made by one man, of which the opposite is not loudly supported by some other?" So, disagreement is not new.

Consensus does not mean an absolute truth. Most often, it merely signifies which group is more prominent, at the moment. Later knowledge sometimes justifies the disbeliever over the body in power. Pasteur and Lister, with their beliefs in germ theory, have surpassed their critics who believed in evil humors and the need for blood letting. We do not praise the priests who inflicted torture with the Inquisition, we cringe at their cruelty. At the time, they were the powerful. The pain inflicted was with certitude of convictions driven by consensus.

The truth lies in Descartes’ observation “that our inquiries are haphazard.” It has been said that we can never know the truth because our observations will always be biased by our preconceptions. That is the problem with many group opinions. Consensus is not the product of divergent thought. Rather, like teenagers seeking to emulate their idol, a small nexus have a thought and the group follows, like lemmings. When that nexus has a private agenda, it can lead the group over a cliff, as was recently seen with the ‘global warming hoax.’

While a consensus opinion should not be rejected out-of-hand, it should be remembered that consensus is not an imprimatur of absolute truth. When consensus is used to foreclose differences of opinion, it is bullying -- particularly when consensus is based upon haphazard inquiries to further a private agenda. Consensus is not an adequate substitute for rigorous investigation and validation through scientific proof, rather than scientific opinion. Remember to keep an open mind and accept the possibility that consensus may be right but it can also be very, very wrong.

Name:
E-mail: (optional)
Smile: smile wink wassat tongue laughing sad angry crying 

| Forget Me


SUBSCRIBE

  Name
E-Mail


ALL subscribe/unsubscribe requests must be confirmed via email.

About IRS

Institute for Responsible Science (IRS) is an aggregate of leading advocacy Centers that seek to protect the public from abuses in the arenas of unsafe products, predatory lending, false advertising, pseudoauthoritarians, energy, health and pollution.


LinkShare_125x125ButtonV1
Copyright © 2003 - :: Institute for Responsible Science / msgrafx.net/irs/ :: All Rights Reserved