Progressive playwrights and luvvies for Science

Help is at hand for the beleagued climate scientists. The progressive literati are here to help, like good government workers. This story ran in The Weekend Australian 22-23 December with a piece by Dianne Stubbings. David Williamson has revisited his youth when he was a kind of scientists, actually a mechanical engineer. His creation Nearer the Gods was recently staged by Queensland Theatre to feed the fascination of the public with the moral dilemmas of science and scepticism. Apparently he took on “some of the giants of 17th century science including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke.”

Meditating on Newton, Williamson wrote “I was astounded and awed at how one man took us from total ignorance of the laws of the universe to an almost complete understanding in one giant leap.”

What happened to Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo, to name a few who paved the way? And since when did Newtonian mechanics come anywhere near complete understanding of the laws of the universe? Who was sillier, Williamson to say that or Stubbings to repeat it without comment?

The Belvoir Theatre is reviving Brecht’s Life of Galileo, apparently as a warning to show how politics can overshadow science, as though climate science is being persecuted! Eamon Flack, the artistic director at Belvoir says that we live in a time when science is being selectively defunded and the moral authority of the scientific consensus is being eroded.

“It is terrifying and ridiculous. You can shout down the opposition but you can’t bully the carbon out of the atmosphere.”

So who is doing the shouting I wonder?

Right on comrades!

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22 Responses to Progressive playwrights and luvvies for Science

  1. pbw

    Wasn’t it Newton who said, in effect, I saw so far because I stood on the shoulders of giants?

  2. stackja

    Carbon in the atmosphere?

  3. Confused Old Misfit

    the moral authority of the scientific consensus

    An oxymoron.

  4. Confused Old Misfit

    Carbon in the atmosphere?

    Yeah Stack. It’s there alright.
    There’s one carbon molecule attached to two oxygen molecules.
    About 400 of them per one million parts of the atmosphere.
    At the moment.
    Rumored to be on the increase.
    You contribute every time you breath out!
    Stop Now!

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Tax bludgers of the world unite ,you have nothing to lose but your grants.
    Work ,the curse of the elitist class !

  6. “It is terrifying and ridiculous. You can shout down the opposition but you can’t bully the carbon [methinks he means CO2] out of the atmosphere.”

    Thankfully even the most devout climate worriers can’t do that, else all life on earth would cease to exist.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Weird how the ones with the trillions of dollars to spend, who have most governments and lefty MSM outlets behind them, are saying they are the ones being persecuted.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    Greenpeace’s Iconic ‘Rainbow Warrior’ Ship Chopped Up On A Third-World Beach, Sold For Scrap

    Greenpeace’s iconic “Rainbow Warrior” boat was disposed of in a way the group campaigned against for years.
    Greenpeace regrets allowing its old vessel to be chopped up on a Bangladeshi beaching yard and sold for scrap.
    The embarrassing news flew under the radar of major media outlets for weeks.

  9. Tom

    Riddle me this: how come we live in an era where the most educated people are among the most venal and stupid, where much of “science” has devolved into political propaganda by government employees and/or subsidy whores to feather their own nests and create funding and “research” empires hell-bent on destroying the industrial revolution and the past 300 years of human progress — where the reigning academic ethos is primitive Malthusian misanthropy, where academic freedom of thought has been destroyed and none but the campus ruling class’s dogmas can be uttered aloud, with transgressors facing banishment and loss of tenure?

    Welcome to the modern Dark Age.

  10. RobK

    but you can’t bully the carbon out of the atmosphere.”
    Who would even try? Why?

  11. RobK

    Playwrights adjusting the narrative.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Riddle me this: how come we live in an era where the most educated people are among the most venal and stupid

    Schools and universities are now madrassas where the religious texts are learned by rote.
    It works the same in the 21stC as in the 7th.

  13. cohenite

    Schools and universities are now madrassas where the religious texts are learned by rote.
    It works the same in the 21stC as in the 7th.

    There is that but it doesn’t explain why some people work their way out of it. I put it down to the propensity of herding or tribalism in humanity. Only a few can exempt themselves from the pernicious influence of it. In aboriginal culture for instance there is evidence of regression and an intensification of tribalism to the detriment of intelligence where individuality/non-conformity was fatal, especially for women.

  14. Ellen of Tasmania

    Riddle me this: how come we live in an era where the most educated people are among the most venal and stupid

    Underlying worldview.

    Post-modernism will certainly take us into a dark age if we let it.
    Worldview matters. Culture matters.

  15. egg_

    But, but… artistes change countries, governments, history, gravity.
    /Cate Blanchett

  16. Herodotus

    There’s a stacked deck, that’s for sure. But it’s not against climate alarmists.

  17. Oh come on

    he took on “some of the giants of 17th century science including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke.”

    Breathtaking chutzpah.

    I guarantee that no Australia-based scientist has done anything that even remotely resembles what is claimed above.

    Here’s what I’ve learnt about Australia and its culture. Historically, it’s ordinary Australians that have the streak of remarkable in them. Australian luminaries, past and present, are almost always banal mediocrities compared to their overseas counterparts.

    Our elites have a strange and contradictory need to have their feats noisily acclaimed as world-beating, whilst they assiduously work to ensure their output is never compared to what everyone else considers world-beating.

  18. Chris Harper

    What moral authority of the scientific consensus is he talking about? Consensus has no role whatsoever in determining scientific truth.

  19. Bad Samaritan

    Chris 12.07 am. Not exactly true. Once the “truth” has been discovered, it’s standard practice to allow all others to verify it by as rigorous means as possible. Should there be some failure (ie non-consensus) then it’s also standard to investigate this anomaly further.

    The problem today is that the “consensus” they are talking about is manufactured and not based on throwing the data and research out to be rigorously tested and maybe disproved. It is faith.

  20. duncanm

    Old playwrights who think they’re young and subversive.
    So many ironies.

  21. Chris Harper

    Bad Samaritan @ 6:23 am.

    Exactly true.

    Consensus certainly has a role in politics, but it has no role in science. If you are unable to to persuade of the validity of a hypothesis by description of data then you have no argument to offer.

    To argue science from consensus is to abandon science.

    In fact, to argue from consensus in any context, excepting maybe religion and or politics, is a logical fallacy.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Williamson. Part of a cabal of sad old lefties still trying to find personal relevance today.
    Clearly he has no idea about science, the null hypothesis, the deficiencies of statistical modelling, and the history of scientific discoveries, nor the iron political grip of failed and superceded scientific paradigms. Anyone who is so firmly attached to a fixed ‘consensus’ about such a hugely variable scientific concept as world climate, where good empirical evidence for drivers as well as effects is required, has in my assessment a firmer belief in faith than in science and its methods and findings.

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