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Letters to the editor: Belief does not make accurate science

5:53 PM, Sep. 23, 2013  |  Comments

Once again the fact of global warming has been asserted, because 97 percent of scientists "believe" it is so.

When did science become a new "faith"? If a survey showed 97 percent of Catholics "believed" the Pope is infallible must everyone accept it as true? I've heard this assertion made many times and wonder at its source. Who picked the scientists to be polled, and precisely what were they asked?

A while back I read an article about meteorites and how many had been destroyed or removed from museums because the Academy of Science in France believed them to be superstitious fiction, since people worshiped there rocks that fell from the sky. The facts were that people claimed to observe rocks fall from the sky, however such a rare occurrence had not been observed by the scientist so the they refused to "believe" it.

I personally believe the earth's climate is changing, just as evidence of glaciers in our state demonstrates it has in the past. However, anecdotal evidence and the "faith" of scientists haven't convinced me that "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!"

William Behringer

Oshkosh

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