A profound misunderstanding of cranks
Category: Alternative medicine Antivaccination lunacy Intelligent design/creationism Medicine Physics Pseudoscience Science Skepticism/critical thinking Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:00 AM, by Orac I've spent a lot of time over the years looking at cranks, examining crank science , and trying to figure out how to inoculate people against crankery.
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“Pissing people off since 1949”
Since: Apr 08
#1 Jan 10, 2012
"Wertheim's entire thesis in this article is that we shouldn't dismiss cranks like Carter (and, I infer, Simoncini, Clark, Young, and Milgrom) because:
There are quite a lot of them (argumentum ad populum)
Math is hard.
Learning the necessary background knowledge do modern science is hard.
Science is complicated; so there must be something wrong with it
Science is a religion that should be available to all, just as Martin Luther wanted Christianity to be available to all through his translation of the Bible.
Outsider scientists feel "alienated" by scientific explanations and science as practiced.
None of these are, in my book, reasons to view science as a priesthood or religion, or to take cranks seriously."
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