Quotable Quotes: Taubes the Radical!
Due to a recent article in Wired, I think this (6/30/14) post could use a hearty bump. These words were uttered just over a decade ago by Gary Taubes.
Seth Roberts: But you'd seen Nobel-Prize-winning physicists get it very wrong.
Gary Taubes: But what they were getting wrong were subtle; yes, they'd believe incorrectly that they'd discovered elementary particles, but what they were doing was a real subtle game. What they were misinterpreting were extraordinarily subtle aspects of the data.
This obesity screw-up is fundamental; it’s like a grade school error in the interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics.
And I made it as well, up until five years ago. I never thought differently.
But what radicalized me is that they don't care. If they successfully ward off my threat to their beliefs, then I'm in a very dangerous place. Then it's, like I said, where I end up a bitter demented old man, one of those guys who's muttering to himself all the time that they, the establishment, didn't listen to him…
I don't mean to wish ill on a person, but if he doesn't end up a muttering demented old man, it means that fantasy wins out over fact, and sensationalism over science.