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Science is not a Democracy

2010 September 22


Learned that in one of my first physics courses. Prof asked the class what they thought about some particular physics questions. A show of hands for various possible answers. He was prompted for the ‘right answer’ when he failed to indicate which of the answers was correct. “Science is not a democracy. Most of you are wrong. If you want to know the right answers, look them up for yourselves.”

  1. Ned
    2010 September 24 at 4:31 am

    Weird poll. What were you supposed to pick if you predicted that SIE would be greater than or equal to 2007, but less than or equal to 2008? And what was the metric by which it would be judged, anyway? JAXA daily, NSIDC monthly, … ?

  2. 2010 September 24 at 6:47 am

    What can you say? It was a nonsense poll aimed at an innumerate audience. I wouldn’t put too much thought into it.

  3. Ned
    2010 September 24 at 10:46 am

    Sure. I just find it amusing that, if the actual SIE minimum had been just slightly lower, it would have fallen into that yawning gap in the poll options.

    You would have had 1263 WUWTians voting in a poll and literally not a single one of them would have gotten the answer right.

    On second thought, maybe that’s not particularly noteworthy…..

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