"Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth. They believe that science has already solved the fundamental questions. The details still need working out, but in principle the answers are known."
This is fantastic article that must
be read by those who care about this kind of stuff.
"Bad science gets rewarded in the short-term (i.e. published) then is ignored and thus ultimately excused much like the bad behavior of the kid in Target whose temper tantrum earns him a slushy. Mom or dad are too busy, too distracted, too unmotivated, too fill-in-the-blank to address the dreadful performance and thus it gets a pass and remains a regular feature of the kid's behavioral repertoire."
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