Popular “Science” Shuts Down Comments




Popular Science is shutting down comments.  Why?  Well I guess because robust debate can be bad for science:

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

Go here to read the rest.  This is too funny.  Science began as a search for truth.  Now, in the era of politicized junk science, “scientists” too often are guardians of an orthodoxy that brooks no dissent.  This is not science but rather scientism, and has as much to do with true science as the National Catholic Reporter has to do with Catholicism.  The closing of the liberal mind proceeds apace.


Update:  There is speculation about that the reason for the shutting off of comments was due to the fact that Popular Science is very much a proponent of Global Warming is coming, Global Warming is coming !, and that they got tired of dealing with critics.  Considering what happened to Global Warming “activist” David Suzuki at a public forum recently in Sydney, I can understand their trepidation:

BILL KOUTALIANOS: Oh, hi. Since 1998 global temperatures have been relatively flat, yet many man-made global warming advocates refuse to acknowledge this simple fact. Has man-made global warming become a new religion in itself?

TONY JONES: David, go ahead.

DAVID SUZUKI: Yeah, well, I don’t know why you’re saying that. The ten hottest years on record, as I understand it, have been in this century. In fact, the warming continues. It may have slowed down but the warming continues and everybody is anticipating some kind of revelation in the next IPCC reports that are saying we got it wrong. As far as I understand, we haven’t. So where are you getting your information? I’m not a climatologist. I wait for the climatologists to tell us what they’re thinking.

TONY JONES: Do you want to respond to that, Bill?

BILL KOUTALIANOS: Sure, yeah. UAH, RSS, HadCRUT, GISS data shows a 17-year flat trend which suggests there may be something wrong with the Co2 warming theory?

DAVID SUZUKI: Sorry, yeah, what is the reference? I don’t…

BILL KOUTALIANOS: Well, they’re the main data sets that IPCC use: UAH, University of Alabama, Huntsville; GISS, Goddard Institute of Science; HadCRUT. I don’t know what that stands for, HadCRUT; and RSS, Remote Sensing something. So those data sets suggest a 17-year flat trend, which suggests there may be a problem with the Co2.

DAVID SUZUKI: No, well, there may be a climate sceptic down in Huntsville, Alabama, who has taken the data and come to that conclusion. I say, let’s wait for the IPCC report to come out and see what the vast bulk of scientists who have been involved in gathering this information will tell us.

See those data sets here.


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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. The origins of climate change and evolution are their examples of “scientific certainty”?

    Not that “scientific certainty” is all that good of a phrase; I can think of some things that are certain that sciences has verified, but popular theories aren’t them!

  2. Hm, someone should ask them what they think of Galileo. See how long it takes them to realize the hypocrisy.

    Every scientific theory is one experiment away from obsolescence.

  3. More astounding is the credentialed imbeciles’ utter lack of self-awareness. They’re not searching after truth, but building the agenda.

    Their “scientific certainty” is ideology.

    They unwittingly take whole chapters out of the playbook of the Medieval Inquisition, sans enhanced interrogation techniques.

    Meanwhile, the Obama regime is acclerating the US crash-dive into bankruptcy by executive order – dismantling coal-generated electricity capacity.

  4. I deal with these people all the time. They are invariably liberal progressive Democrats and they have dominated nuclear energy forums. They are die-hard materialists, and tolerate absolutely no dissent from their creed of atheistic evolution, global warming, etc. They denigrate anyone who has religious faith – and openly and without apology – and they think that just because they are smart, they know everything and are godlike in intellect. They disregard that most scientists who created this edifice of science on which they stand were themselves Christian. Invariably they are shocked to learn Roman Catholic Belgium priest Father Georges Lemaitre came up with the idea of the Big Bang as a consequence of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, or all the other scientists who were Christian (e.g., Louis Pasteur, etc.). They refuse to read anything that bona fide modern scientists like Dr. Hugh Ross (a Protestant) or Dr. Stephen M. Barr (a Roman Catholic) have to say (read Dr. Barr’s book, “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith” – it is freaking GREAT!). When they are told that Pope Pius XII dealt very intelligently with the Theory of Evolution in his encyclical “Humani Generis”, or Pope John Paul II discussed the unity of truth in reason and faith within his encyclical “Fides et Ratio”, they shut down and refuse to read those too. They are so “open minded” that anything which opposes their preconceived world views they discount as the myth of a sky god. They don’t even want to hear what and who Yahweh is – the creator of the sky, the one who is outside of space and time, matter and energy. They are the most obnoxious, intolerant, divisive, inconsiderate, and unkind group of people you would ever encounter.

    BTW, everyone should have the links on science below as internet favorites – one is Catholic and the other is Protestant. And everyone should educate himself in science. We shouldn’t let ourselves be bamboozled by these liberal materialist miscreants. As St. Peter wrote, we should ever be ready to give a defense of the faith that is within us. And one last thing: every Catholic should read “Humani Generis” (I taught an apologetics class on it one time) and “Fides et Ratio” – they are on the Vatican web site. There are no excuses for being ignorant any longer.

    Magis Center or Reason and Faith with Father Robert J. Spitzer

    Reasons to Believe with Dr. Hugh Ross

  5. If only the US Bishops had such righteous indignation over the Deposit of the Faith!

    You would think these scientism freaks have suddenly found religion by suspiciously adopting their own doctrine of infallibility.

  6. Popular Science? You mean it’s still around?

    How much longer until the 100th anniversary of Pop Sci’s prediction of the flying car?

  7. Science, falsely so-called, provides only confusion when used in politics and the courts to push an agenda. For instance, many people think there is such a thing as marriage between humans who share the same sexual apparatus, when it is impossible for marriage and offspring to occur when two of the same gender attempt to couple together. When grown men and women fight over whether there is such a thing as “Gay Marriage,” it confuses children who need to have guidance in these matters that is simple and straightforward, and certainly not a matter to be argued about. Some of the gravest scandals have been perpetrated by the scientific community. And openly discussing matters with children present that should be left to academics behind closed doors is an example of this.

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