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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on November 24, 2001 17:40:34 UTC


Two posts ago you changed your focus from science itself onto the scientific community.

I'm not a scientist, and so I have no priveleged view into the scientific community. And you should see that, while your initial assertion was about science itself, your follow-up focused on practitioneers of science. This is not the same thing.

Say, for instance, we are having a discussion about music. You assert that if music doesn't revolve around sex, it is simply not good music. To that, I counter that music has nothing per se to do with sex, and that good music is a combination of technical ability and stylistic harmony. You respond with a personal anecdote about a conversation between Madonna and Brittany Spears, wherein one told the other she'd not get far unless she bared her belly button in her next video.

Now, I ask you, what do two music stars, belly buttons, and sex have to do with music itself? (Your response -- "Duh.")

If you wish to assert that a good portion (or all) of the 'scientific community' has become corrupt, then that's an entirely different story. But your first assertion was that science is based on a system of beliefs. This is where I disagree.


P.S. -- 50 "sacred cows"? Could you identify at least 10% of these for us?

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