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Popular Science -- Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments
A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.


-The Gneech

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makovette
Sep. 27th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Sadly PS (and Scientific America) have become a horrific example of politics and dogma driven "science".

I cancelled my subscription some 20 years ago and haven't missed it one iota.



Edited at 2013-09-27 01:56 am (UTC)
dhlawrence
Sep. 27th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
One news journal down, fifty million to go...
hallan
Sep. 27th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
Once upon a time, it was "scientific certainty" that hurricanes would never strike the Texas coast with significant force. Then Galveston got flattened to the tune of 6,000-12,000 dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1900_Galveston_hurricane

Get the stick out, Popular Science.

Edited at 2013-09-27 03:18 am (UTC)
exatron
Sep. 27th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)

Nobody has ever claimed science is infallible. it is, however, self-correcting.
New evidence that doesn't fit current scientific theories causes those theories to be modified or replaced by theories that actually fit the data.

carlfoxmarten
Sep. 29th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Though it does take longer the more scientists that believe in it.

I just hope the climate change issue resolves itself nicely.
(from what I can tell, there's been some evidence rearranging on both sides)
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