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To: FatherofFive

It is extraordinarily tempting for even a (generally) ethical person to twist or “mislay” data when he KNOWS something is TRUE.

We see this in cops and prosecutors who frame up a person they KNOW is guilty.

The temptation is no doubt even greater when there is a religious level of belief, when they see the conflict not between accurate and inaccurate, but between Good and Evil.

Of course, scientists aren’t supposed to look at issues in this way, since when they do they by definition stop being scientists.

Perhaps this story will eventually play out to show that scientists are also people, and are as prone to human failings as anyone else. So we shouldn’t elevate a scientist’s opinion that much above anybody else’s.

Neat story.


15 posted on 11/20/2009 7:38:56 AM PST by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan
The temptation is no doubt even greater when there is a religious level of belief, when they see the conflict not between accurate and inaccurate, but between Good and Evil.

The belief in man-caused global warming has become a religion. Scientific method doesn't matter.

40 posted on 11/20/2009 8:00:34 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED. Barack OBORTION is a close second.)
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