Timmy elsewhereJune 6, 2014 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere4 CommentsAt the ASI. Using Sir Pterry to explain why science is like a market. previousThe question to ask yourself after wake up next to some gargantuan porkernextLabour should be chasing Green voters, not Ukip supporters 4 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” Tom June 6, 2014 at 9:33 am That sounds more like Ian Stewart or Jack Cohen than Terry. Though obviously he agrees with them. dearieme June 6, 2014 at 10:58 am “When a scientist proposes a new theory, a new idea, other scientists … try very hard to shoot it down.” Oh, join the real world, `Tim. They first ask themselves: could this idea be exploited to make us, in this discipline, powerful, famous or rich? Or even just bring us tenure, promotions, and a flow of research grants and new research students? If the answer is “yes” then they form a club, yell “the world is going to burn in hell” and conspire to stop nay-sayers publishing. Tim Worstall June 6, 2014 at 11:41 am Well, yes, obviously it is, but still…. Kevin B June 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm The scientific method in action: What Keys did was spend the rest of his career wallowing in the confirmation bias. Instead of following the scientific method and trying to refute his diet-heart hypothesis, he made it his mission to look for anything and everything that confirmed it. And ignored or belittled any conflicting data. Keys’ formidable powers of persuasion along with his academic credentials led over time to his diet-heart hypothesis being accepted by just about everyone. Anyone who dared to disagree was attacked with great vitriol in the pages of any journal in which the opposing argument appeared. And do you think Ancell Keys was an outlier, a bad apple in a world of scientific angels who themselves followed the scientific method vigorously? Science is a human enterprise in which tribal politics plays the most important role. The top dog declaims his thesis, his acolytes cheer their support and anyone who voices any disagreement is ruthlessly attacked. Only when the reigning top dog is toppled and a inter tribal war breaks out do new ideas gain traction, and when the new tribal leader and his council of elders take their place, the new paradigm is set firmly in concrete and nothing can be allowed to challenge it. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.