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Ignorance reigns

December 15, 2016

Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump adviser, gave a CNN interview yesterday on science, and how it gets things wrong. Which it does. But at least it teaches to focus on the facts at hand, rather than myths, which seems to be what fills Scaramucci’s head:

I’m saying people have gotten things wrong throughout the 5,500-year history of our planet.

Say, what? We have excavated towns that are twice that old. I have seen cave paintings that are 40,000 years old. The earth? It is billions of years old. Climatologists use ice cores to trace climate history back before our species. But let’s consider something that does fall within the last 5,500 years:

There was an overwhelming science that the Earth was flat.

No, there wasn’t. As soon as the ancient Greeks began to study geography and astronomy in a scientific fashion, they knew that the earth was spherical. They calculated the size of the earth, and the relative distances between the earth, moon, and sun. All that was done two and a half millennia past. There may have been Scaramuccis in the centuries since who insisted the earth was flat. Perhaps some of them even insisted they had some scientists on their side. They were as ignorant as Scaramucci today.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2016 10:06 am

    Biblical history Russell, or willful ignorance. In both cases “deplorable”.

  2. Andrew Klager permalink
    December 22, 2016 11:49 am

    “…when people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.” -Isaac Asimov

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