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"Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus."

Not true, because science is social, just like any other human activity. It's not enough to be right--you also have to convince other scientists. At any given time, the best guess we have about a question that science can speak to is the consensus of the professionals. Sure, there may be some brilliant maverick who actually knows better than everyone else. But there's no way to distinguish her from the crackpots without proof. In this case, the proof may be 100 years in the making. It's not an experiment that can be repeated, so properly speaking it's not even science. The best we'll have is a good guess by the professionals. If you don't like what they have to say, there are always plenty of crackpots. Take your pick.

Comment Posted By Stanislav On 27.05.2006 @ 16:32

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