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Experts Aren't Deities

true liberal Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 7:05 AM
It is interesting that people assume expertise in one field translates to another. This is one of the things that is lost on people when there are discussions on science and their findings. It does not matter what any expert thinks. The only thing that matters is what does the data support. That is why papers that do not make the raw data available are meaningless. But, people are fooled and allow an expert to speak for them instead of the data
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 10:38 AM
Agreed, altho it used to be that being a "star" in a rigorous field also indicated a general intelligence & competence that would make one credible commenting on similar fields.

You also have to take into account the motivations & incentives of the "expert." Who is paying the expert, & what are the agenda & motives of the employer/contractee? Does the employer ahem WANT a certain outcome & support for a self-serving dogma?
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 10:42 AM
The great thing about the scientific method properly applied is that it's open to virtually anyone with the tools to use it. It's a BS detector almost any person competent in the relaevant disciplines can employ, not just the 'insiders' who did the original research being examined.

Just because Prof. A did this research & concluded we will die if we don't submit to 1-world totalitarianism, if the scientific method is followed, & the data & analysis is honestly published, others who are qualified to check the math, methodology, the technical issues involved, etc, can see if Prof A has something here or is full of it & shilling for the would-be dictator ruling class.

Let's look at experts. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was a mathematician and scientist. Newton has to be the greatest and most influential scientist who has ever lived. He laid the foundation for classical mechanics, and his genius transformed our understanding of science, particularly in the areas of physics, mathematics and astronomy. What's not widely known is that Newton spent most of his waking hours on alchemy; his experiments included trying to turn lead into gold. Though he wrote volumes on alchemy, after his death Britain's Royal Society deemed that they were "not fit to be printed."

Lord William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907)...