Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Freeman Dyson,

American physicist and mathematician, was born in Berkshire, England on December 15, 1923 .

Dyson is a self-described "contrarian", and holds that there is not only room for, but a necessity for skepticism in scientific research. On global warming, he agrees with the majority of the "scientific community" that man-caused global warming exists. What he does not agree with is the notion that the pathetic efforts being proposed will accomplish very much because the scientific models from which we are working are inadequate and do not at all reflect the real world.

In addition, Dyson is quite annoyed with the "climate change" enthusiasts in the scientific community because of their attempts to ostracize those who disagree with them. Science requires that all points of view be examined, and that truth be supported wherever it may be found. He is quoted as saying, “heretics who question the dogmas are needed... I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies."

Further, Mr. Dyson states, “ My objections to the global warming propaganda are not so much over the technical facts, about which I do not know much, but it’s rather against the way those people behave and the kind of intolerance to criticism that a lot of them have."

It is truly heartening to know that there are still some scientists who possess good sense as well as scientific knowledge. Even if it does have to be the old guys. Happy Birthday, sir. Keep their feet to the fire.

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Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I totally agree with the reality that this global warming stuff has become more of a religion than science. If it's real, and science, then it's ok to disagree and debate what the data means.

Lin said...

Go old guy!! :)

vanilla said...

Valid observation, Sharkbytes. It has become more "religion" than science.

We appreciate your support, Lin.
Well, I know you meant Professor Dyson. sic 'em