Science and Politics

Seems we need reminding that during the 19th century in England, the principal political debate was between the Tories on one hand, arguing for their position on the basis of the divine right of kingship, and on the other hand  the Whigs, who opposed the Tories but being as just devout, could not reject the Holy Scriptures on which the Tories based their political power on.

What to do?

George Grinnell of McMaster University wrote a comprehensive paper (1975) in which the Whigs, under Charles Lyell, mounted a new political tactic arguing that the Old Testament was actually allegorical, and that the geological catastrophes described in it, were ignorant exaggerations; the role of Lyell’s ground breaking exposition “Principles of Geology”, first published in 1832, was decisive in turning the political battle to the Whigs advantage.

Today the same ploy is being used to gain political power, this time using the global warming scientific meme as the weapopn of choice.

This present-day political ploy is no different to the one used by the Whigs during the 19th Century in England.

The tragedy is, in both cases, the debasement of natural science for political purposes by the hijacking of science by political activists.

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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