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Saturday, 5 April 2014

The shame of modern science

We have to have Gods! was a quickie post a while back pointing out that our old Gods have simply been replaced by new ones.

Our God is Science and the priests, scientists. The fashion in Government is to accept only this God. Every aspect of Governance is supposed to be supported by scientific evidence, figures and stats. Trouble is, science has become corrupted by the priests' ambition to please in results they produce and support themselves in their industry. We are worshiping a false God.

Tufts University (world ranking here) has an interesting presentation called CORRUPTED SCIENCE . It is describing the USA. But much applies to most science in every country anywhere. It's a quick read.

But this is longer - published last year.

I liked this blog (its a whole book actually) - Not Even Trying - The Corruption of Real Science.  Bruce G Charlton is Visiting Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Buckingham and Reader in Evolutionary Psychiatry at Newcastle University. He has some interesting stuff on other topics too. Here is his Blog.

He summarises his book in this paragraph.

"Briefly, the argument of this book is that real science is dead, and the main reason is that professional researchers are not even trying to seek the truth and speak the truth; and the reason for this is that professional ‘scientists’ no longer believe in the truth - no longer believe that there is an eternal unchanging reality beyond human wishes and organization which they have a duty to seek and proclaim to the best of their (naturally limited) abilities. Hence the vast structures of personnel and resources that constitute modern ‘science’ are not real science but instead merely a professional research bureaucracy, thus fake or pseudo-science; regulated by peer review (that is, committee opinion) rather than the search-for and service-to reality. Among the consequences are that modern publications in the research literature must be assumed to be worthless or misleading and should always be ignored. In practice, this means that nearly all ‘science’ needs to be demolished (or allowed to collapse) and real science carefully rebuilt outside the professional research structure, from the ground up, by real scientists who regard truth-seeking as an imperative and truthfulness as an iron law."

Sounds exactly what I have been thinking for a long time.

I'll be away for a while, while I read this book!