Friday, May 18, 2007

Science is About Conflict not Consensus

A post at Viewpoint called 'Bad Science' reminds us of what science should be about. It should not be a search for accomodation or consensus. That can be left to politics. A spirit of challenge should be the scientific norm. Below is a quote from the linked post. It takes note that challenges are not always welcome.

"Science lives with internal conflict all the time," Olivero said. "Part of what we have to do is continually challenge each other."

That process, they say, leads scientists closer to truths that may be elusive for lifetimes.

I see. Science is about dissent and conflict, not consensus. Does this mean that the Darwinians on campuses all around the country who are demanding that non-Darwinians be silenced because they stand outside the scientific consensus are acting in a manner harmful to good science? Perhaps merely to ask the question is to answer it."