Friday, 17 January 2020

Scientific "Consensus;" Political NOT Scientific

Gee, poor Galileo! He opposed the "scientific consensus!"

From the mostly reliable source - Wikipedia:

Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaulti de Galilei  15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian astronomerphysicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath, from Pisa. Galileo has been called the "father of observational astronomy" the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and the "father of modern science".

Well, despite all these descriptors, he was punished by the church:
The sentence of the Inquisition was delivered on 22 June. It was in three essential parts:
  • Galileo was found "vehemently suspect of heresy" (though he was never formally charged with heresy, relieving him of facing corporal punishment, namely of having held the opinions that the Sun lies motionless at the centre of the universe, that the Earth is not at its centre and moves, and that one may hold and defend an opinion as probable after it has been declared contrary to Holy Scripture. He was required to "abjure, curse and detest" those opinions.
  • He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition.[102] On the following day, this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life.
  • His offending Dialogue was banned; and in an action not announced at the trial, publication of any of his works was forbidden, including any he might write in the future.
Of course, history found Galileo's theories to be the correct science and the "consensus" to be FAKE SCIENCE. 

Let's look at others who challenged the scientific "consensus."

Wegener was a German meteorologist, geophysicist and polar researcher. In 1915 he published ‘The Origin of Continents and Oceans’, which outlined his theory of Continental Drift. 

Wegener’s theory of Continental Drift was met with scepticism by many scientists. Although he had a lot of evidence to support the theory, he could not explain how the plates moved. It would be almost half a century before this problem began to be solved.
Although Wegener opposed the then "scientific consensus," his theory of continental drift is now mainstream scientific "consensus." 
Are there any other scientists who challenged the "scientific consensus?"
Australian Barry Marshall -Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia.
The "scientific consensus" was 
that ulcers were caused primarily by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. 
Barry Marshall proved this "consensus" to be non-science:
After failed attempts to infect piglets in 1984, Marshall, after having a baseline endoscopy done, drank a broth containing cultured H. pylori, expecting to develop, perhaps years later, an ulcer. He was surprised when, only three days later, he developed vague nausea and halitosis (due to the achlorhydria, there was no acid to kill bacteria in the stomach, and their waste products manifested as bad breath), noticed only by his mother. On days 5–8, he developed achlorydric (no acid) vomiting. On day eight, he had a repeat endoscopy, which showed massive inflammation (gastritis), and a biopsy from which H. pylori was cultured, showing it had colonised his stomach. On the fourteenth day after ingestion, a third endoscopy was done, and Marshall began to take antibiotics. 
We could keep going on FAKE "scientific consensus" vs real science, BUT, as Albert Einstein said;
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”  (LINK)

BOM: No rain until April

Image: Wikipedia

The sun goes down on a cloudless sky
The tide is in the waters high
The fisherman are back in town
Tonight they'll either drink or drown

Wait for rain to come down
Wait for rain all year round
It's the talk of the town, goin' 'round

It was the talk of the town, we were waiting for the rain. And, if Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) could be trusted (note that "IF") we would't have any rain until April 2020.

In December, 
a meeting of state and federal ministers was told, by the BoM that there would be no significant rain until at least April.

There will be no relief for drought-ravaged regions over the summer, with Bureau of Meteorology officials telling a meeting of state and federal ministers there would be no significant rain until at least April.
The ministers gathered in Moree, in NSW’s northwest, to discuss the best strategies to combat the enduring drought. (The Australian 11/12/19)
Now, outside the rain is tumbling down.

If they got this so wrong, can we trust the BoM on other reports? For Instance:(source)

2019 was Australia's warmest year on record.