Dear Senator Cruz: please leave Galileo out of it

Nice brief history-of-science lesson with a moral: Don’t vote for any science deniers claiming to be the new ‘big thing.’ They are usually just big noises with a lot of money.
However, unless we vote the other way, they may make it impossible to do what needs be done, if the species is to survive on this planet much longer.
(And the media should really do more to call out these yokels! – despite their money.)

Galileo's Pendulum

Please do not use Galileo to support unscientific positions on climate change. Please do not use Galileo to support unscientific positions on climate change.

[Yeah yeah, I know. I haven’t blogged in ages. I promise it’s because I’m busy with paying work, not because I hate you all.]

One of the hallmarks of crackpottery is to invoke the shade of Galileo. The logic goes like this: “Galileo expressed a radical idea and was punished for it; I have a radical idea that other people don’t like; therefore, I’m like Galileo”. Many of the unsolicited emails and blog comments I get about personal theories — grand unification schemes, claims to have overthrown relativity or quantum mechanics, ancient Earth gravity — use this kind of argument, the implication being that if I reject their ideas, I’m on the wrong side of history.

These emails and comments are mostly from harmless souls. However, Galileo’s name and spirit are sometimes invoked in a more troublesome way…

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