Sunday, July 26, 2009

Science, Not the Earth, Bears Scars of Human Destruction

Wasn’t there a time when astronauts were actually scientists? Don’t scientists rely on the scientific method?:

Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
When I saw the headline, "Astronaut: Earth's Changed", it certainly caught my attention. Then I read the article and almost fell over when I read this passage related to statements made by Canadian astronaut, Bob Thirsk:

"It's a very thin veil of atmosphere around the Earth that keeps us alive," Thirsk said during an in-flight news conference. "Most of the time when I look out the window I'm in awe. But there are some effects of the human destruction of the Earth as well."

"This is probably just a perception, but I just have the feeling that the glaciers are melting, the snow capping the mountains is less than it was 12 years ago when I saw it last time," Thrisk said. "That saddens me a little bit."
Evidently, we are now at the point, where supposed scientists, can convey their "feelings" regarding a purely scientific question, and it gets reported, uncontroversially, as if it is newsworthy.

Anyone concerned with science and objectivity should be more than saddened "a little bit". They should be outraged.

5 comments:

dagnys daughter said...

This is just another example of what passes for science now. Really sad.

dagnys daughter said...

This is just another example of what passes for science now. Really sad.

RE said...

Facts are counterrevolutionary. Feelings are all that matter. After all, feelings elected our current President.

Richard said...

I have the top three science news stories via RSS feed from the AP on my front page and scarcely a day goes by where one of the three isn't about global warming.

Michael Labeit said...

Its always good publicity to drop a global warming line. Its trendy, its fashionable and it gets you attention