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Response to groundloop (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 11:24 AM

21. Making predictions is what science does.

The primary purpose of studies like this is to test models and data sets by making predictions. This one is published in the journal Nature, which is targeted to scientific professionals. An annual subscription is $199. If the predictions in this study turn out to be in error, we will learn something from that and make better predictions in the future.

There will always be those who try to invalidate an entire branch of science by misusing these natural and necessary errors as evidence that everything we know is wrong. The mistake we as a society make is in giving them an equal platform to spew their nonsense. Popular Science recently said it very well when they announced they were turning off their comments permanently:

"...A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television..."

The worst thing scientists could do in response to anti-science loons would be to stop making predictions.

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