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The Historical Persecution of Scientists

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:36 PM

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Turing was famously chemically-castrated after admitting to homosexual acts in the 1950s. He is one of a long line of scientists who have been persecuted for their beliefs or practices.

Turing isn’t the only scientist to have been persecuted for his personal or professional beliefs or lifestyle. Here’s a a list of other prominent scientific luminaries who have been punished throughout history.

http://www.wired.com...ted-scientists/

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

The masses (and people with power) do not like change. So when someone offers something new that changes views or opinion (or removes that power) it is attacked.

It still happens today and will always happen, but instead of violence these day's it is in the form of 'internet forum ridicule' or IFR as I would like it to be called from here on in.


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 25 June 2012 - 12:55 PM, said:

The masses (and people with power) do not like change. So when someone offers something new that changes views or opinion (or removes that power) it is attacked.

It still happens today and will always happen, but instead of violence these day's it is in the form of 'internet forum ridicule' or IFR as I would like it to be called from here on in.

I notice the liberal under current in this story.


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:24 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 25 June 2012 - 01:06 PM, said:

I notice the liberal under current in this story.

I noticed the under current of ignorance in this story, but having said that how many of us would have agreed with these decisions if we had the mind set of the masses at that time.

Like all things we read the point of view of the author comes through.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:19 PM

In the future the story will be how religious leaders were persecuted at the hands of scientists at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Persecution is a victim's perspective, not a historian's perspective.


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 03:58 PM

If it's not junk science, it's junk journalism. Nothing worse than someone who has a job, but is too lazy to do the job. Please, waste some more of my time with misleading headlines.


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:13 PM

View Postvolantis, on 25 June 2012 - 02:19 PM, said:

In the future the story will be how religious leaders were persecuted at the hands of scientists at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Persecution is a victim's perspective, not a historian's perspective.

Hum can you name one who doesn't deserve it?  And also were those religious leaders burned stoned or else in any ways shape of form??? I would like to see one name.

View Posttlsmith1138, on 25 June 2012 - 03:58 PM, said:

If it's not junk science, it's junk journalism. Nothing worse than someone who has a job, but is too lazy to do the job. Please, waste some more of my time with misleading headlines.

Hum Hum.. (twice this time)  Sure it's not a Pulitzer price, all those facts are know to the world I should say the few the world tends to refute the truth so many time but I do not see anything misleading in the title.. unless your glasses are special and you're seeing something no one else does.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:29 AM

funny how the scientists tat were persecuted turned out to be correct


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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:23 AM

View Postcsspwns, on 26 June 2012 - 03:29 AM, said:

funny how the scientists tat were persecuted turned out to be correct
The danger is to assume that persecuted scientists are correct, rather than some correct scientists were persecuted.

I am not suggesting that you, nor this article, is making such a claim.

I am merely pointing out that many more hacks and charlatans have claimed that legitimate criticism of their pseudoscience was actually persecution (just like Galileo! etc.) than legitimate scientists were persecuted.

The cases cited in the article are notable, but the exception rather than the rule.


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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:31 AM

I would recommend reading "Sleepwalkers" by Arthur Koestler, I love that book.
Must admit that I have not researched all the facts in the book, but it gives a new take on how the church viewed sience and especially astronomy in 15:th and 16:th century.
Most of the content from that period is built on documents and letters and, in my opinion, Galilei is as much to blame for the rift between the churc and sience as the church itself.
The pope and his astronomers were well aware that the churchs geocentric universe was wrong and very interested in the new take on astronomy, but to publicly change the religious view of the universe was something completely different, wich I can understand, these things take time.
Galilei on the other hand was a big headed jerk, again in my opinion, who tried to force the church to publicly announce that "the churh was wrong and Galilei was right". The church had no other option than to react to this, wich is understandable as I see it, and no I do not believe in God so not defending the church out of loyalty.
For a more in depth take on it I recommend the book!


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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:15 AM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 25 June 2012 - 12:55 PM, said:

The masses (and people with power) do not like change. So when someone offers something new that changes views or opinion (or removes that power) it is attacked.

It still happens today and will always happen, but instead of violence these day's it is in the form of 'internet forum ridicule' or IFR as I would like it to be called from here on in.
I agree. Back then people were burned at the stake for heritical beliefs. Now days ridicule is use. Religion was the powerhouse back then and had the final word.
Now that Main Stream Science is a big player they have their form of doctrine and anything that strays from the norm of science on certain subjects it gets slandered.
One would think that science would welcome new ideas (even though how strange it could be) but obviously that's not the case.

It's good to have some skepticism so you won't be gullible & naïve. But to much of it can make you arrogant & egotistical.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:07 AM

Science has become the new religion. Many scientists can be close minded on certain things. Just look at how Daniel Shechtman's 1984 quasicrystal discovery was rejected by many top  scientists. He won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemisty...






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