2018-01-23 21:14:00 UTC
Science mythology is a huge obstacle to scientific progress; Fortunately we have Usenet
If you repeat something often enough it takes on the look and feel of scientific truth. And it is really easy to get people to repeat things that are consistent with their everyday anecdotal experience. So, as long as you go along with what everybody already generally believes it is really easy to pretend to have a scientifically credible assertion even when the assertion is blatant nonsense.
For example, from the perspective of anybody standing on our planet and looking up into the sky the earth seems to be an immovable object and the heavens move over our heads.
Likewise, H2O in the atmosphere appears to be invisible much of the time. It is known that gaseous H2O is invisible. To scientific illiterates this is proof that the H2O in the atmosphere is gaseous.
The truth is that the invisibility of H2O in the atmosphere is not evidence of it being gaseous it is only evidence of it having a droplet size that has a diameter smaller than a photon.
Most scientists don't have the internal fortitude to confront and correct the moronic collective beliefs of the public. Consequently much of science is saddled with moronic notions like, CO2 heats the atmosphere, or cholesterol causes heart disease, or H2O magically turns to steam at temperatures below its known boiling temperature/pressure. The momentum of public stupidity completely overwhelms any possibility of making progress
What I like about usenet that it is so easy to use and so accessible that even morons are able to use it and this gives us a chance to expose the depths of stupidity that underlies many of the scientific truths that are generally taken for granted.
Special thanks to Bodking, Penal, and Sergio. None of this would be possible without your participation.
James McGinn / Solving Tornadoes
The 'Missing Link' of Meteorology's Theory of Storms