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Michael Mozina
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Merchants Of Hype

Unread post by Michael Mozina » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:10 am ... -hype.html
Once upon a time, the task of scientists was to understand nature. “Merchants of Light,” Francis Bacon called them. They were a community of knowledge-seekers who subjected hypotheses to experimental test, using what we now simply call “the scientific method.” Understanding nature, so the idea, would both satisfy human curiosity and better our lives.
Today, the task of scientists is no longer to understand nature. Instead, their task is to uphold an illusion of progress by wrapping incremental advances in false promise. Merchants they still are, all right. But now their job is not to bring enlightenment; it is to bring excitement.
I'd say that this new article by Sabine Hossenfelder sums up everything that is wrong with astronomy today, which explains why astronomy is stuck in the literal dark ages of physics.

Nicely written! :)


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