Lawrence Krauss' fan mail

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Lawrence Krauss' fan mail

Postby Gord » Wed May 03, 2017 12:16 am

On the Skeptic Magazine youtube channel, Michael Shermer and Lawrense Krauss talk about science and the nutjobs who don't understand how it works.

Only three minutes and seventeen seconds, it's a brief excerpt from a longer show.
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
"Nullius in verba" -- The Royal Society ["take nobody's word for it"]
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Re: Lawrence Krauss' fan mail

Postby Lance Kennedy » Wed May 03, 2017 9:50 pm

Krauss points out that new science does not discredit old science. That is an important point. Nut jobs often think that their crackpot theories will overturn the old order. But, in fact, the requirement their crackpot theories have for such overturning is because the crackpot theory is wrong, and you know it is wrong because it is not compatible with existing science.

I like the suggestion that science is a journey, building on older discoveries to expand them, not disprove them. New science depends on old science. You cannot make ground breaking new discoveries without the spadework being done to build the basis for the new knowledge.

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