Quote:What do you think?
"Scientists aren't perfect, just peer reviewed.""Eye of Sauron Observatory", featuring "Sauron's Other Eye", 16" dob, conical Royce mirror.
Quote:Modern science is based in significant part on the idea, articulated by Rene Descartes in his Discourse on Method and in his Meditations, that the skeptical attitude is the best path to knowledge acquisition (je doute donc je suis). Up to Descartes and Bacon, the predominant attitude had been that of Anselm and Augustine, that trust/loyalty/faith was the best path to knowledge acquisition (credo ut intelligam, fides quarens intellectum).
Modern science begins with the repudiation of trust and the appropriation of skepticism as its preferred modus operandum and raison d'etre. Trust is not a high value in modern science.
Quote: I found it helpful, in terms of deciding whose opinion to accept, when later I learned that one of them had a Ph.D in optics, had a career designing optical systems for the U.S. Navy, and sold high end amateur telescopes....At such times I would find it useful to ask and receive a response to questions such as "Have you done the math and science yourself to reach this conclusion?" or "Are you repeating what you have read elsewhere or heard another say?" I do not think such questions, asked respectfully and with no hint or intention of rhetorical irony, receiving a direct and simple answer would be intimidating to most persons who desire to know but lack the ability or time or energy to do the math/science themselves.
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Quote:Just ask the person what their background is in relation to a posting they may make ... otherwise everyone will look like this:
Reality is a figmentnewton of your imagination
- “ Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. ” — Hugh C. Cameron