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The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science 962

G3ckoG33k writes "Fact-free science is not a joke; it is very much on the move, and it is quite possibly the most dangerous movement in centuries, for the entirety of mankind. One can say it began as counter-movement to Karl Popper's ground-breaking proposals in the early 20th century, which insisted that statements purporting to describe the reality should be made falsifiable. A few decades later, some critics of Popper said that statements need peer acceptance, which then makes also natural science a social phenomenon. Even later, in 1996, professor Alan Sokal submitted a famous article ridiculing the entire anti-science movement. Now New York Times has an article describing the latest chilling acts of the socially relativistic, postmodern loons. It is a chilling read, and they may be swinging both the political left and right. Have they been successful in transforming the world yet? How would we know?"
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The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 07, 2011 @10:37AM (#35405100)

    Everything you know about postmodernism is true. OR IS IT

  • by thinktech ( 1278026 ) on Monday March 07, 2011 @10:41AM (#35405156)
    When I think about about fact free science...
  • by DoofusOfDeath ( 636671 ) on Monday March 07, 2011 @11:11AM (#35405514)

    I don't claim to know much about ... reproductive biology.

    Don't worry, this is Slashdot. You're among friends.

  • by Incadenza ( 560402 ) on Monday March 07, 2011 @12:46PM (#35406972)

    This kind of ignorance is dangerous and baffling. It's not as if he's arguing against anthropogenic global warming using science. Hell, maybe he believes in global warming and that it really is man-made. But he refuses to accept what will happen because the Bible says otherwise. What. The. Fuck.

    Well, it remembers me of the very appropriate joke my daughter told yesterday evening:

    One rainy night, a priest walked into a hotel and asked for a room. About an hour later there was a knock on his door. "Quick, Quick!", screamed the hotel manager. "There's a terrible flood happening. Get yourself out into the rescue boat before you drown!" But the priest remained calm. "The Lord is my Saviour, and He will save me."

    Not long afterwards, the water had risen to the second floor. A second boat sailed past the priest's window and the captain looked inside. "Good God man, jump in here before you die!", the captain screamed. "The Lord is my Saviour, He will save me."

    Soon enough, the flood raged higher and higher, until the priest was forced out onto the hotel roof. A nearby helicopter saw the man's plight and dangled a rope ladder down to him. "Hurry up!", yelled the pilot. "Grab onto the rope!". The priest smiled. "The Lord is my Saviour, He will save me."

    The flood rises even higher, and the priest drowns. Then the priest enters heaven and meets God himself. "My Lord!", he wailed. "Why did you forsake me?" "Forsake you? I sent you two boats and a helicopter !!!!"

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.