Well, the March For Science (and Earth Day) took place over the weekend, here and there, mostly in leftist enclaves. Odd that. That’s rather like having a march for plumbing, or carpentry. The difference being plumbing and carpentry pay their own way–actually make a profit–and have replicable results. Either they work or don’t, and if they don’t, the involved plumbers or carpenters either fix it or go out of business.
These days, particularly in “climate science,” there is no requirement that science be replicable, that scientists share their data sets or methods, or that they account for the billions wasted on their “consensus.” But we did learn that science casts a much broader net than we previously imagined. I had no idea all that stuff was scientific! Hey, maybe grammar is a scientific issue? I had no idea I was a scientist! Or maybe I have to combine it with something sexual sounding…
I can remember a time when science actually had to produce results, and when those results were wrong, “scientists” were embarrassed, and their reputations suffered. Such people tended to drop below the radar and stay there until they produced actual science that rehabilitated their reputations. Now, they file lawsuits against their critics, try to destroy their reputations, and organize marches to defend their perversion of the scientific method. That’s progress, progressive style!
PJ Media notes some very serious scientific predictions, circa 1970-ish:
Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that ‘civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.’
‘Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,’ Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. ‘The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.’
‘Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,’ wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled’“Eco-Catastrophe! ‘By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.’
‘It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,’ declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
Ecologist Kenneth Watt told Timethat, ‘At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.’
Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that ‘air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.’ Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during ‘smog disasters’ in New York and Los Angeles.
Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, ‘By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’
Oh well. You can’t be right all the time, right? Take the link and read the rest. Contemporary science is constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge. For instance, did you know this?
Who knew pretending there are more than two genders is the epitome of science? And I had no idea science and politics were so closely intertwined:
Hmm. “Marginalized people” like ISIS terrorists hiding in caves? It must be true, since these are the only people, marginalized or otherwise, the MOAB has been employed against. It strikes me (and them, heh) these are precisely the kinds of people we want to marginalize, explosively if possible. Unlike the march for science, this is a science project with provable, and replicable, results.
In any case, gentle readers, now you know science involves whims, guesses, sexual preferences, and pretty much anything progressives want to claim is scientific. Sigh. I’m obviously getting old. I remember when science actually meant something and had to produce results rather than non-falsifiable theories and radical claims.
Maybe next year we can have a March for Plumbing? It would certainly be much more useful, and this year’s march seemed to be mostly about plumbing anyway.