Subject: Science religions, the dark side of the Western heritage
From: "Bill Howell. Retired from NRCan. now in Alberta Canada" <>
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:33:31 -0700
To: "Gordon Ball. PEng Aircraft Landing Nav Systems. Ottawa" <>

Hah!  Good point -  I course I wonder about myself too, but I've been wandering around in the desert for so long it just comes naturally.   If you actually look at the scientific papers, then look at long-standing criticisms, the pattern of baloney is perpetual.

Here's a bet - a recent example is the European Space Agency's Rosetta/Philae satellite rendezvous with comet 67P.   This is a beautiful piece of engineering, but the science, whether right or wrong, is incredibly blind to reality, and tied to a very powerful science religion :  A key premise is that comets are "dirty ice balls" (just look at their videos from a long time ago right up until now). 
I bet you one beer that it will "eventually" be seen that there is essentially NO ice (<2%) in the comets.    This will probably be realized well after the current [scientists, administrators, funders] are dead, but there is a chance that a young leader will make fools of them all much sooner than that.  Blogs of the critical thinking types (most are non-scientists almost by definition) are full of people laughing at the incredulous [exagerations, excuses, lies] of the scientists.  The key point is that no new data is required to make fools out of essentially all the experts - it's been there for decades.  There's no guarantee - except that the thinking of the expert scientists has been pathetic.
I'm probably wrong on that bet, but it's really easy to laugh at scientists when you look at their own data and images yourself, putting aside the great science [fashions -> cults -> religions] for a short moment. 

Also -  Harper is from the East, not West, and I lived in Quebec and Ontario almost the entire time I've known of him.   But there is a bias - My gut feeling is that  farming and high-risk industries like oil exploration (in contrast to oil refining, tar sands, retail, chemicals), together with repeated exposure to [booms, bust, job losses, new jobs]  tend to give rise to a much more [performance-oriented, market, fiscal responsibility, self-determination] than most other areas of employment.  And the Prairies are heavily weighted in that sense.     As a deeper historical context, that has affected my outlook all of my life even though I was not exposed to it, is the the West, and in particular the "Palliser triangle" where I live (Southern deset-like areas of [AB,SK,MB]), experienced a "Dirty Thirties" and depression far more severe than the rest of Canada (possible exception the Northern regions, but I don't know). 


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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:13:00 +0000
From: Gordon Ball <>
To: Bill Howell. Retired from NRCan. now in Alberta Canada <>

Dear Bill, I know Stephen Harper has a lot of support in Western Canada. In politics you can’t please everyone. Sometimes though I wonder when you say all of mainstream science is wrong.

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