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… and can also stifle them. The only thing we can be sure of is that static societies and disciplines are always governed by consensus.

Further to “In New Republic, Jerry Coyne attacks Edge authors who would retire Darwin,” Darwin stalwart Jerry Coyne contributes to the problem of consensus in science by acting as if his car was stolen, or something, because a few contributors to The Edge think that Darwinian evolution is an idea that should be retired.

Nothing even very surprising about that view, incidentally. Check out the Altenberg 16, for example.

Editor Kevin Glass has some interesting thoughts over at Townhall:

A conundrum has arisen. An increasing body of research suggests that much of our academic research is unreliable. True, it might be that these academics who have emerged to challenge the old consensus of reliability in academia are just as fraudulent as the research they attack, but it should put at least a dent in the perception that peer-reviewed studies can be touted as ironclad.

The difficulty is that it takes only one person to have a correct answer, and that person may or may not be part of a consensus. – O’Leary for News

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