A view of science worth reflecting upon

Every student of science should read, and reread Richard Feynman’s essay, especially when climate change science is discussed. There are several valuable lessons for every climate science observer in this Cargo Cult Science essay.

Watts Up With That?

After watching the movie “The Challenger Disaster” on the Discovery channel tonight, I thought it would be good for WUWT readers to read Feynman’s famous address. At the end, there is a quote from Feynman, which appeared at the end of his Challenger appendix report. – Anthony

Cargo Cult Science

From a Caltech commencement address given in 1974. Also in Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas–which was to try one to see if it worked, and if it didn’t work, to eliminate it. This method became organized, of course, into science. And it developed very well, so that we are now in the scientific age. It is such a scientific age, in fact, that we have difficulty in…

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to A view of science worth reflecting upon

  1. sean2829 says:

    The real tragedy of science these days is that scientists are rated by their ability to raise funding. People who tell the government funding agencies what they want to hear get grants and people who get grants get promoted. Spectacular failures will be needed to break this cycle in climate science. Mother Nature always gets the last word and at some point in time there will be no place to hide.


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