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Posted by Not On Your Life on May 29, 2003 02:28:34 UTC

I guess the old advice applies:
talk with a (fool, idiot, babbler)
and pretty soon it is difficult to
tell you apart from one another.

You write that a scientist makes
an excellent flimflam artist.
With his Harvard education, you imply
he has scientific knowledge. He can
claim that a PhD. is what makes one
a scientist. But...he's just wrong.
And you are just ...wrong. Being
in possession of scientific knowledge
does not make one a scientist. It is
the very ethics of science, with its
rigor and honesty, which make the
difficult and complex discoveries possible.
To the extent one is a flimflam artist, one is not a scientist. I think there is excellent
support for dividing these two terms,
flimflam artist and scientist,
very sharply and clearly. If you don't accept
this point now, I am willing to continue
to discuss it. If you simply don't want to go
on, it will save from wasting time trying to
explain further. If you accept it, signal by
remaining silent or by saying so, okay?

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