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Samizdata quote of the day

I think we should rephrase the analogy. The position of scientists dependent on the approbation of their peers and government funding is knowing that to dissent from the thermogeddon narrative is as disastrous careerwise as that of the Islamic apostate’s future, and so keeps his silence as do the massed ranks of Muslims unenthusiastic about violent jihad but unwilling to draw the attention of Islamists to themselves by speaking out. I think Mehdi Hasan should understand that.

– Samizdata commenter ‘Ljh’, commenting here.

5 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • RRS

    Well, the “report is out” and its sounds confirm that intellectual flatulence proceeds.

  • Ljh

    Needs commas. Sorry

  • CaptDMO

    Did someone just say “The Emperor has no clothes.”?

  • Stuck-Record

    When the cult of Thermageddon is finally revealed as a lie I will have zero sympathy with the, “I was only following orders/afraid for my job” argument.

  • veryretired

    Very insightful observation by the commenter.

    There have been numerous mavericks in science’s past, and there will necessarily be more as our attempts to understand ever more complex phenomena continue in the future.

    Going along to get along makes one a disciple of Lysenko, not Galileo.

    When I was a young man, the idea of plate tectonics was just getting some traction, and the responses from the consensus, static earth traditionalists was vehement and heated. Even so, I don’t recall the demonization that is occurring in this case.

    Less politics makes better science.