Skepticism about scientific consensuses

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Tom Adams

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Jul 12, 2011, 9:16:12 AM7/12/11
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1. We can get a scientific consensus even when there is no hypothesis
test supporting the consensus.

2. Solutions involve engineering, and we can still screw up the
engineering even when the science is right.

3. Politics and social factors bias what solutions get implemented,
even if good engineering points elsewhere

4. People get passionate about doing good and can find ways
neutralize the skeptics without addressing the issues they raise.

5. The consensus tends to follow the funding. There can be a
synergism between funding, consensus, passionate dogooders.



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