When Science Calls Science a Liar; Or Being Wrong and BEING WRONG


About twenty years ago I penned an essay about Science and the Science Method with a view toward warning the medical community about the risks of getting into bed with politicians.

That view was predicated on the fact that Science and Medicine didn’t just drop into our laps as the most respected and revered of fixed stars in our heavens. They had to fight tooth and toenail to get we humans to dispense with our old wives tales and superstitions, and replace them with concrete facts and diagnostic procedures.

That fight took centuries, not mere years. Through plague and Black Death, to the environmental diseases of the 19th Century, there were always men and women who knew the answers to these pandemics did not lie in God’s wrath, the stars or straw men like the Jews. Still, it took a long time, and much proof, to make their claims heard and believed.

So, the position of Scientist and Doctor as ones to be revered rather than seen as alchemists and magician is relatively recent, having only been around about a hundred years. Even in my day older country people kept the tomato (love apple) away from girls because of its powers as an aphrodisiac.

A lesson in point: In Germany, by 1900, doctors and professors were gods. To be called “Herr Doktor” was a sign of respect that not even royalty could hope to match. After all, the nobility were born to their station. Doctors earned every letter of the title.

But in 1933, along came this little Austrian corporal, and behind him a cult following of voodoo artists, preaching eugenics and racial superiority. To move toward a final solution, as they saw it, they needed to enlist the services of the revered and respected in Germany. They needed respectability’s final stamp of approval. And by the simplest of measures, peer pressure, the good doctors came over, not as individuals, mind you, but as a club. They all took one for the team.

That was then and this is now. Oh, doctors are still valuable assets to German society. But they are no longer gods. They are still respected, but there is no awe in “Herr Doktor” any longer. They are only scarcely higher ranked than lawyers.

In twelve years it was all lost. The shine had dulled. For not just doctors, but the profession itself, you see, were seen as corruptible.

In America, doctors never quite attained the regal heights of their counterparts in Germany. Engineers and scientists probably even exceeded them, for can-do societies always admire their doers most. Besides, in America, doctors always had the jealous lawyer class pursuing them at every turn, hoping to bring them down, then replace them with themselves as America’s most feared-but-unloved profession.

Being Wrong

But in their hey-day, until recently, doctors were always forgiven “being wrong” due to misdiagnosis or errors in surgery. The people can forgive being wrong, even as trail lawyers try to prove they won’t. What the people can never forgive is Being Wrong, as the German doktors found out.

But while my original essay was about Medicine,  this warning is not about medicine so much, or even the health care bill and the AMA’s participation in it. It is about Science and the recent revelations of a complete and total fraud existing inside the global warming/climatology discipline.  For those who have followed the numbers, the math, the statistics, the Method, it has always been known that the entire premise was either a giant mistake…or a doubly-sized hoax.

Our warning to the scientific community: This will all sort itself out…one way or the other. For a very short period of time the scientific community, the entire scientific community, has a small window to correct this failure of professional ethics and hold onto that reverence and respect they’ve spent two centuries earning.

After that, it’s just a matter of time. In Germany it took twelve years to lose the lustre. In America it may take only eight, or possibly thirty. Who knows? What we do know is that once that process begins in the hearts and minds of men, the scientific community will revert back to the days before the plague swept Europe. It will be long road back…and under circumstances far less conducive to success than the first trek.

Vassar Bushmills

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March 10, 2011 10:45 am

This applies not only to medicine but science as a whole. It seems that any science that is not strictly numbers, that doesn’t rely strictly on numbers like computers and math, is corruptible to a point to make anything possible by manipulating the data to make it so. The irrefutable hypothesis of global warming, for example. No matter what happens in the climate, global warming is the cause because the “science” made it so, never mind the suffering that has been caused by the con artists pushing it and bilking people for hundreds of billions of dollars. But medicine and… Read more »

Mike gamecock DeVine
March 10, 2011 11:02 am

Bork spoke of the politicization of all institutions in his Slouching Towards Gomorrah, and it sadly includes even science.

March 10, 2011 12:49 pm

The scientists of the Third Reich did not correct themselves they were corrected by an outside force. I think this was because science had been politicized as you noted. Once the political environment gets a certain distance off the beaten path it is no longer capable of self correction. Hitler could never have toned it down because even the attempt would have seen him ousted by the monster he helped to create. Not to defend him. As GC noted, everything has been politicized. The only thing that can correct it, is to de-politicize it. As long as the money flows… Read more »

March 10, 2011 2:51 pm

Of course all Environmental Scientists aren’t responsible for trashing credible science, but, I’d say about 99.99% of them are more than a little part of the problem. Since most of them pray to the God of Global Warming, or Algore, they failed to get this message-

“The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” First Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament.

March 11, 2011 12:04 am

Brasil still treats physicians as gods. I’ve been there 4 times, they wear completely white so as to be recognizable and revered.