Comments are Bad for Science
Posted by greg2213 on September 25, 2013
Yes, they really said that.
Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.
“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.”
Bad for science? Sure, if “science” is a dogmatic academic elite that feels its pronouncements from on high should never be questioned. Even when they change their opinion next week. We mere peons should never be allowed to comments.
Actually, I suspect that commenting is fine as long as it isn’t on certain sacred subjects.
“Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change…” Seems to me that since a huge number of people don’t believe in evolution they should give that disbelief more respect, since it’s a popular consensus in that group.
Popular Consensus? Since when was since based on popularity? Besides, in their denial they forget that the large majority of scientists disagrees with their “popular conclusions.”
Of course, the real reason is probably “climate change” and that they are tired of being unable to defend their mythical dogma on that subject.
Here’s the whole post: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/why-were-shutting-our-comments