|It's time for the priesthood to be taken to task|
– and journalists aren't up to the job
Henry Gee Senior Editor of Nature: "Scientific experiments don't end with a Holy Grail so much as an estimate of probability. The Truth, with a capital T, is forever just beyond one's grasp"
I actually found this interesting and so familiar. I wrote something almost identical a while back based on similar findings and observations of my own. After being at odds much of my life with religious leaders over controversial subjects, I found that most all of the dogmatism of conventional religion has become the mirror image script of choice championed by those claiming not to be religious. Incredibly, the very Secular elements now in charge of worldview promotion, who claim to have replaced religion and appointed themselves as the official mouth piece for Science, seem to have torn the pages right directly out of the Christendom playbook for making their case. I wrote about this earlier in a piece I called,Below are a few choice quotes from Henry Gee's article today, but I'll leave the link to his article at the bottom. Ironically, the readers and commenters of his article who vehemently disagreed with him actually make his case for the subject in their zealot styled comments as would any good Church defender. Dir-Hard religious zealots are a scary bunch to face. I know, I've been at odds with the historical conventional religious zealots most of my life. Who would have thought a future Secular version would have appeared promoting themselves as the "Change", but yet steal pages from the old Christendom Hierarchical Ecclesiastical Structure playbook and accept them as their own ? Here are some selected paragraph quotes below:
"One thing that never gets emphasised enough in science, or in schools, or anywhere else, is that no matter how fancy-schmancy your statistical technique, the output is always a probability level (a P-value), the “significance” of which is left for you to judge – based on nothing more concrete or substantive than a feeling, based on the imponderables of personal or shared experience. Statistics, and therefore science, can only advise on probability – they cannot determine The Truth. And Truth, with a capital T, is forever just beyond one’s grasp."
"None of this gets through to the news pages. When pitching a science story to a news editor, a science correspondent soon learns that the answer that gets airtime is either “yes”, or “no”. Either the Voyager space probe has left the solar system, or it hasn’t. To say that it might have done and attach statistical caveats is a guaranteed turn-off. Nobody ever got column inches by saying that Elvis has a 95% probability of having left the building."
"Why do we (it’s the royal we this time, do please try to keep up at the back) demand such definitive truths of science, but are happy to have all other spheres of human activity wallow in mess and muddle?"
"I think it goes back to the mid-20th century, especially just after the second world war, when scientists – they were called “boffins” – gave us such miracles as radar, penicillin and plastics; jet propulsion, teflon, mass vaccination and transistors; the structure of DNA, lava lamps and the eye-level grill. …"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This last quoted paragraph is very illustrative of the consequences of anyone who deviates from the conventional norm regarding today's religious faith in Science as the modern day infallible cure for all that ails mankind. In that sense they've claimed to have replaced conventional religion with the new enlightened secular version. (Europe's present failure should be a clue to it's failures). But take a look at the conclusion of the article. READ: (source)
"Why is this? The answer, I think, is that those who are scientists, or who pretend to be scientists, cling to the mantle of a kind of religious authority. And as anyone who has tried to comment on religion has discovered, there is no such thing as criticism. There is only blasphemy."
Okay now, let's see how many out there Squeal, alert others in the herd and make my case.