The Age of Unenlightenment.

Posted: May 25, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Pointman analyses the wider import of the Lennart Bengtsson debacle.


That slick expression you’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts, now has a deeper meaning in this latest stage of the post-enlightenment. If your facts plainly contradict someone else’s orthodox beliefs, then you are simply being “unhelpful” or even “harmful” and should therefore be suppressed. That’s to be done not by logical refutation or counter argument, but intimidation, bullying, shunning, character assassination and threats to a person’s career or livelihood.

Basically, the gloves come off and you get mobbed by a gang of like-minded thugs. Destroy the person, not the argument.

It’s the sort of behaviour one could expect of a medieval theocracy whose dominance is under threat by the advance of reasoned argument. Indeed, the humanists of Europe fought that battle from the late seventeenth century onwards, resulting in what’s commonly known as the Age of Enlightenment. There’s a lot more to it but from then on…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘What we haven’t had is an original Einstein-class theory emerge from academia for nearly four decades.’

    Someone else has been reading Lee Smolin 😉

    What price string theory?

  2. Wayne Job says:

    Oldbrew, physics has mired itself in improbabilities, put forward impossibilities as realities then borrowed imaginary friends to make their unreal exotic mathematics cover all discrepancies in their obviously not cosher standard models. Big sentence but covers their dilemma pretty much.

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Pointy’s one sided conversation with the Willy Connelly the Troll is almost as good as the original article! {:>D

  4. oldbrew says:

    Miles Mathis doesn’t pull any punches, as usual.

    ‘Stephen Hawking Signals the End of Modern Physics’

    Click to access hawk2.pdf

    ‘We now know…that common table salt doesn’t obey the fundamental rules of chemistry.’

    ‘Experiments are showing all of modern physics and chemistry breaking down before our eyes, and yet we see top theorists continue to camp out in la-la land.’

    ‘Let me put it is this way: we can tell by the arc of science since 1900 that most working physicists prefer a paycheck to good science, since if they didn’t, we wouldn’t be where we are.’

  5. oldbrew says:

    Lord Lawson: The Trouble With Climate Change (14 pages)

    Click to access Lawson-Trouble-with-climate-change.pdf

    Conclusion: ‘Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked.’