The Tyranny of Consensus

“…The idea that one can simply use popular poll results and prevailing opinions to define science-by-consensus is not at all new. In 1931, a book was published titled “100 Authors Against Einstein” refuting Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity. In the publication, there were not just 100, but 120 scientists, engineers and laity who all attempted to repudiate Einstein’s theories and promoted the book as the consensus view against relativity. Their aim was to prove by their sheer numbers and academic credentials that Einstein was not just spinning an outrageous fantasy in the name of science, but by simple virtue of their consensus numbers, he was overwhelmingly wrong.”

  • Waffle

    My old mother summed up the dangers of consensus very nicely. She would ask, “If everybody was sticking their head in the oven to see it were hot, would you do that too?”
    To me what is even more dangerous than the climate warming silliness is the disturbing trend toward the practice of medicine by consensus. If you find yourself a patient in hospital today, “the team” will make decisions regarding your diagnosis treatment. Heaven help the guy or gal, who has a different opinion. And heaven help you.

    • El Martyachi

      My folks, late boomers, used that line too. Now I use it on them.

  • Martin B

    “Why 100 authors? If I were wrong, then one would have been enough!”

    It’s a shame there is no scientist of Einstein’s stature around today to show up the climate change charlatans for what they are.

  • David

    Therefore, when an authentic scientist hears the amorphous, antithetical, oxymoronic term “scientific consensus,” it is immediately clear to anyone having a most elementary understanding of science that the discussion has drifted out of the scientific arena and into realm of social politics and religion. The term scientific consensus is thus a conscious, premeditated tyranny mounted against the very bedrock philosophy of science itself.


    • Justin St.Denis

      Precisely, David. You absolutely nailed that one. “Consensus” is a social sciences word, not a scientific one.

  • Ed

    The only consensus in climate science is that your research dollars will only flow if you support the global warming line… and so please your political masters, who now have a tool to justify aggregating more power to government.

    • tom_billesley

      It’s not just climate science. In other fields, e.g. highway engineering, the funding applications for research grants or academic conferences will be headed “The effect of climate change on ……”.

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  • Heltau

    This sounds like the gulble warming crowd. All that agree raise their hands, motion approved. There will be NO discussion about it.