DailyDirt: Winning A Nobel Prize And Thinking Differently

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A fairly sizable list of Nobel laureates suffer from Nobel disease — a phenomenon in which respected scientists publicly espouse somewhat crazy ideas. Perhaps just being famous also causes this affliction…? Or maybe there should be more research on this topic, worthy of an Ig Nobel award. In any case, here are a few links on some Nobel prize winners that demonstrate these people are still human.

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Anonymoussays:

Re: Re: Wording

The scientific community is addled with ridicule and hubris.

Go and look at the annals of history where more than plenty of great inventors were scoffed at and resisted by the scientific community… prompting this old saying.

Science progresses one funeral at a time.

Or better yet…

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

~Max Planck

That One Guysays:

Re: Re: What you seem to be saying

If the consensus is backed by the available evidence, and the opposing idea(s) aren’t, then yeah, I’d say go with the consensus. If both sides have solid, verifiable evidence backing their positions, then that means it’s time to do more research, and see about reconciling the difference.

Another Anonymous Cowardsays:

Linus Pauling

Pauling is an example of anyone who decides to weigh in on an area outside of his/her field of expertise, and depends on their celebrity status to carry the day. That kind of hubris isn’t just restricted to scientists. Every day you hear about actors, politicians, and so on (even on this site) pontificating on subjects they have no knowledge of.

Intellectual integrity is truly a rare thing.

Bosays:

Quackery

Linus Pauling is hardly a quack, and as far as hubris, he took no end of flack and loss of reputation for fighting against above ground nuclear testing, which they’ve calculated killed 10k or more Americans. He was branded a communist for wanting to save American lives.
Now if you look at the average life span of doctors, they live a few years less than the average person. Meanwhile all of the doctors I’ve been able to find that took 1 gram or more vit c till the end, lived on average about 9 years longer than the average person. Guess who’s advice I’m going to take.

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