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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Podcast: Why consensus doesn't count in science

Here's a podcast on why consensus is meaningless in a field like science.

But honestly, I don't know why John West bothers to explain it. It shouldn't need explaining.

Consensus is meaningless in any field where being right means hitting a target.

You can cure cancer? Who cares whether people who can't cure cancer disagree with you?

You can put a man on Mars? Who cares about the people who said it couldn't be done?

Would you rather be part of the 95% consensus that didn't hit the bull's eye, or the 5% non-consensus that did?

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Yuh, I thought you'd say that ....

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