History Main / ScienceIsWrong

6th Aug '16 3:19:57 PM nombretomado
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* Subtly played with in ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', wherein it is explained that the magical explanation for a supernatural event is always correct... but so is the scientific explanation, depending on who is observing the supernatural. People who truly do not believe in magic will never, ever encounter it in the DCUniverse because of this effect.

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* Subtly played with in ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', wherein it is explained that the magical explanation for a supernatural event is always correct... but so is the scientific explanation, depending on who is observing the supernatural. People who truly do not believe in magic will never, ever encounter it in the DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse because of this effect.
14th May '16 8:04:40 AM lavendermintrose
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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fits this pretty nicely, since within the book the universe really is about 6000 years old (having been created in 4004 BC), Literature/TheBible is pretty literally correct, etc. Scientists aren't exactly portrayed as ''bad,'' just kind of pointless. ("The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the palaeontologists haven't seen yet.") Let's not forget that by the end [[spoiler: it's been proven that even the immortal creatures who have existed more or less since the dawn of time (the angels and demons) don't really have any idea what's going on either; they're just better at pretending they do.]] As the book puts it,

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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fits this pretty nicely, nicely (albeit in parody), since within the book the universe really is about 6000 years old (having been created in 4004 BC), Literature/TheBible is pretty literally correct, etc. Scientists aren't exactly portrayed as ''bad,'' just kind of pointless. ("The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the palaeontologists haven't seen yet.") Let's not forget that by the end [[spoiler: it's been proven that even the immortal creatures who have existed more or less since the dawn of time (the angels and demons) don't really have any idea what's going on either; they're just better at pretending they do.]] As the book puts it,
4th Apr '16 5:39:14 PM WillKeaton
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* There is a well-regarded journal article titled [[http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124 Why Most Published Research Findings Are False]], which posits that entire fields of contemporary science may be "null fields," i.e. completely bogus. Quite possibly including, ironically, [[http://biostats.bepress.com/jhubiostat/paper135/ that very article.]]

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* There is a well-regarded journal article titled [[http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124 Why Most Published Research Findings Are False]], False,]] which posits that entire fields of contemporary science may be "null fields," i.e. completely bogus. Quite possibly including, ironically, [[http://biostats.bepress.com/jhubiostat/paper135/ that very article.]]
4th Apr '16 5:38:05 PM WillKeaton
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* There is a well-regarded journal article titled [[http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124 Why Most Published Research Findings Are False]], which posits that entire fields of contemporary science may be "null fields," i.e. completely bogus. Quite possibly including, ironically, [[http://biostats.bepress.com/jhubiostat/paper135/ that very article]].

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* There is a well-regarded journal article titled [[http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124 Why Most Published Research Findings Are False]], which posits that entire fields of contemporary science may be "null fields," i.e. completely bogus. Quite possibly including, ironically, [[http://biostats.bepress.com/jhubiostat/paper135/ that very article]].article.]]
4th Apr '16 5:36:55 PM WillKeaton
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* This comes up in the ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' outtake dealing with ''Film/TheMatrix'', at the bottom of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/64/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality this page]].

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* This comes up in the ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' outtake dealing with ''Film/TheMatrix'', at the bottom of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/64/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality this page]].page.]]
4th Apr '16 5:36:18 PM WillKeaton
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** Also, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp evolution is a religion]].

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** Also, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp evolution is a religion]].religion.]]
27th Mar '16 11:06:39 AM hoodiecrow
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* Played straight with the German Sterligov, russian millionare. He takes it UpToEleven, claiming that science is not only ''wrong'' but downright [[TechnologyIsEvil Evil]], and therefore should be purged from the Earth [[KnightTemplar along with all the scientists and teachers]]. He is promptly follows his own advices and moved with the family to house in the middle of nowhere, to live in his ideal lifestyle without all those damned technology, education and medical care. He is still preach his views. [[Hypocrite Through the Internet]].

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* Played straight with the German Sterligov, russian millionare. He takes it UpToEleven, claiming that science is not only ''wrong'' but downright [[TechnologyIsEvil Evil]], and therefore should be purged from the Earth [[KnightTemplar along with all the scientists and teachers]]. He is promptly follows his own advices and moved with the family to house in the middle of nowhere, to live in his ideal lifestyle without all those damned technology, education and medical care. He is still preach his views. [[Hypocrite [[{{Hypocrite}} Through the Internet]].
18th Jan '16 3:49:21 PM jormis29
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* Played with by paranormalist author Charles Fort, who spent most of the 1920s and 1930s cataloging various accounts of "damned things," or phenomena which "science" categorically explains away as nothing of any significance. These included topics like PsychicPowers, spontaneous combustion, {{Teleportation}}, and many other similar matters. However, as Fort himself wrote, he didn't believe anything he wrote of, but merely felt that everything we take for granted (religion, politics, scientific positivism) should be questioned constantly to keep them vital and relevant (a position Creator/RobertAntonWilson would come to describe as "ideal skepticism"). ''Magazine/ForteanTimes'' keeps this perspective alive along with the philosophy of Fort.

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* Played with by paranormalist author Charles Fort, who spent most of the 1920s and 1930s cataloging various accounts of "damned things," or phenomena which "science" categorically explains away as nothing of any significance. These included topics like PsychicPowers, spontaneous combustion, SpontaneousCombustion, {{Teleportation}}, and many other similar matters. However, as Fort himself wrote, he didn't believe anything he wrote of, but merely felt that everything we take for granted (religion, politics, scientific positivism) should be questioned constantly to keep them vital and relevant (a position Creator/RobertAntonWilson would come to describe as "ideal skepticism"). ''Magazine/ForteanTimes'' keeps this perspective alive along with the philosophy of Fort.
18th Jan '16 9:39:40 AM Discar
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* Played with by paranormalist author Charles Fort, who spent most of the 1920s and 1930s cataloging various accounts of "damned things," or phenomena which "science" categorically explains away as nothing of any significance. These included topics like PsychicPowers, spontaneous combustion, [[TransportersAndTeleporters teleportation]], and many other similar matters. However, as Fort himself wrote, he didn't believe anything he wrote of, but merely felt that everything we take for granted (religion, politics, scientific positivism) should be questioned constantly to keep them vital and relevant (a position Creator/RobertAntonWilson would come to describe as "ideal skepticism"). ''Magazine/ForteanTimes'' keeps this perspective alive along with the philosophy of Fort.

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* Played with by paranormalist author Charles Fort, who spent most of the 1920s and 1930s cataloging various accounts of "damned things," or phenomena which "science" categorically explains away as nothing of any significance. These included topics like PsychicPowers, spontaneous combustion, [[TransportersAndTeleporters teleportation]], {{Teleportation}}, and many other similar matters. However, as Fort himself wrote, he didn't believe anything he wrote of, but merely felt that everything we take for granted (religion, politics, scientific positivism) should be questioned constantly to keep them vital and relevant (a position Creator/RobertAntonWilson would come to describe as "ideal skepticism"). ''Magazine/ForteanTimes'' keeps this perspective alive along with the philosophy of Fort.
31st Dec '15 9:50:35 AM mephistos
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This can also contradict one of the most prevalent sub-tropes of ScienceIsBad, namely, TechnologyIsEvil. After all, evil technology presumably ''works'', which means that at least ''that'' science wasn't (empirically) wrong. One possible way to have both tropes is {{Aesoptinium}}; ''because'' science is wrong, the technology became evil in a way the scientists didn't intend, though we can still say Science Is Bad because the scientists [[GenreSavvy should have known better]] than to make something with PotentialApplications.

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This can also contradict one of the most prevalent sub-tropes of ScienceIsBad, namely, TechnologyIsEvil.NewTechnologyIsEvil. After all, evil technology presumably ''works'', which means that at least ''that'' science wasn't (empirically) wrong. One possible way to have both tropes is {{Aesoptinium}}; ''because'' science is wrong, the technology became evil in a way the scientists didn't intend, though we can still say Science Is Bad because the scientists [[GenreSavvy should have known better]] than to make something with PotentialApplications.
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