Matthew R. Francis mulls the questions at Slate, and ends up slamming scientists who comment on fields other than their own:
Some of them think that the overwhelming success of modern physics gives them the ability to pronounce judgment on other sciences, from linguistics to paleontology. Celebrity physicist Michio Kaku is a particularly egregious example, getting evolution completely wrong (see this critique) and telling infamous crackpot Deepak Chopra that our actions can have effects in distant galaxies. Then there are the physicists—including Freeman Dyson, one of the architects of the quantum theory describing interactions between light and matter—who contradict climate scientists in their own area of expertise.
Of course Francis is wrong. There are some things we can only see from the outside. We can only see what our home looks like in the neighbourhood from the outside.
From the inside, it might seem like Best Homes and Gardens Top Ten. But … do we want to step outside and walk a little ways?
Contradicting “climate science in their own area of expertise” today means taking a bath in one of the dire outcomes of environmentalism as a religion (as opposed to a sound management practice).
Michio Kaku—name rings a bell, Files!—oh yes, he critiqued Darwinism. But Darwinism isn’t a science. Darwinism is a belief system parasitizing the history of life. It has received favourable court judgments and it earns a living for approved Darwin profs at universities. Period.
Note: Francis offers no new insights into quantum mechanics and consciousness here. But see What great physicists have said about immateriality and consciousness
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