The Religious Mind At Work

Catallaxy Files post : Haters going to hate (H/T Sinc).

“Bob [Carter] was an awful academic who did immeasurable damage to Australia’s reputation as a research centre, scientific nation and global citizen.  The greatest shame of his death is that he did not live long enough to experience the impacts of his lies and obfuscation”

The problem with the religious is that they destroy everything that contradicts their authority, what ever that it is. From Muslims destroying graven images (to them) to Christians dunking witches or scientists adjusting the data, religious minds are always characterised by an inability to change, especially their minds. Unable and unwilling to do so, they then try to remove or destroy the sources of their fear. Or they conspicuously ignore it, hoping it will go away.

(Bob Carter passed away peacefully after heart failure earlier this week).

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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