ARE WE PROGRAMMED TO FAIL?
I’d like to comment about the article by Murray Grimwood, “Are we programmed to fail?” in the February issue.
Firstly, Murray and a whole lot of others have misunderstood science. Karl Popper stated that a theory which is not open to ways of disproof is not a theory but an ideology. The complex issue of climate must be in that scientific category as if it cannot be disproved, it confines itself to a quasireligious belief.
He states “academia has to say that enough is known already”. Of course it isn’t; Murray is a science–denier if he chooses this path.
Similarly, to dismiss those who disagree as “going down the denier track” is simply childish name calling. Surely he himself could be called a denier by them? Heckling of course is just aggressive behaviour.
His criticism of those he calls “middle class” is simple stereotyping of those who he sees “failing” and there is a term in psychology for his stance: it’s called confirmation bias, linked to claiming the moral high ground, self-righteousness with the arrogance of inner self-goodness, or in current lay terminology, grandstanding.
Finally, if the others are “failures”, what about Murray? Where did he get the money to buy/lease 24ha?
Try for a change listening to a scientist, such as Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever’s speech at the Nobel Laureates meeting 1st July 2015, available on Youtube.