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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 25, 2011 / 25 Menachem-Av, 5771

The tyranny of scientific consensus

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Albert Einstein, a genius who altered our understanding of the universe, could be as harsh on new ideas as Pope Urban VIII in cracking down on Galileo and simultaneously protecting establishment science.

Einstein's retaliatory behavior serving the mistaken status quo, which I learned about in Simon Singh's outstanding book, "Big Bang," is relevant today for its lesson that consensus can too readily beat up on innovative possibilities.

Though almost universally embraced, Einstein's general relativity theory had a problem, namely that it hinted at a calamitous crash of everything someday, and so he imagined a "cosmological principle" buttressing the scientific consensus of an eternal, stable universe. Hurrah, most scientists said.

A couple of others saw it differently, concluding the universe was expanding. The venerated Einstein, once a dissenter himself, was abusive. To one, he said your math is OK but your physics deplorable. Because of the criticism and establishment resolve, Georges Lemaitre, a Belgian cleric, quit advancing his big bang theory, which, of course, is the establishment theory today, as is the theory of an expanding universe.

Look in now on Galileo, the Renaissance genius whose penetrating insights included one proposed by two brilliant predecessors -- that the Earth was circling the sun instead of vice versa.

Here, too, was an idea challenging a scientific consensus that also happened to be religiously comfortable. Especially given Galileo's simultaneous theological forays, a pope told him to quit advocating it, an online article reminds us. When that pope died, a curious, open-minded friend of Galileo's assumed the position and told him he could write a book examining both sides of the question if he did not hoot it up for a circling Earth and made clear the pope favored a circling sun.

Galileo in fact made clear where he stood while portraying the pope as a goofus. Urban VIII agreed to a trial, but it does not follow that the Catholic Church was trying to nix science. Notwithstanding opposite contentions, convincing arguments show the church believed in science and had made it known that understanding of scripture could be revised in the face of proven theses. At the time, the majority of scientists were offering up logical reasons to debate Galileo's proposition, though that hardly excuses harassment.

In the end, seven of 10 cardinals voted that Galileo's actions suggested heresy and sentenced him to prison, although this was quickly changed to house arrest. Galileo lived a long, easy life and put out new, important papers though told not to. While he was less easily intimidated than Lemaitre, it is noted that that in removing the earth from the center of the universe, he made a major mistake. He conferred that honor on the sun.

One science historian has said old theories don't die until old scientists die, and you figure it could be a long wait when reading that 97 percent of certain climate experts believe in global warming and media colleagues announce the debate is over. But hold on -- the study showed these scientists believed the planet is indeed warming and that human activity had something to do with it, which is what many of the skeptics also believe.

The chief issue is whether a catastrophe will result and we should spend trillions to prevent it, and the answer is that many alert scientists doubt it based on data, a ton of scientific questions, simulation failures and demonstrations that the wrong government program could do far more damage than good.

Some scientists, paying close heed to their radical environmentalist religion, have gone on record as saying exaggerations are OK to stir the public. Contrary to them, countless lives have been lost because of exaggerations, such as overreaching on DDT.

Quite a few of the eco religionists out there would make an apologetic Einstein and Pope Urban VIII blush. James Hansen of NASA said CEOs fighting his warming theories should be tried for crimes against humanity. I don't think the punishment he favored was house arrest.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat

08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births

08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea

08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech

08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers

08/03/11: The people who may save America

07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

07/27/11: The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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