Sunday, January 03, 2010

Who's the President of Physics?



From xkcd, with a hat tip to Adrian Petrescu.

7 comments:

Glen Davidson said...

But see, people with no knowledge of physics aren't biased like those who have studied it for years. Which means that they're the best critics of all.

Or so goes the reasoning (re biology) in the ID community.

Glen Davidson

Alex said...

And of course, someone who implies that the ID community are people with "no knowledge of physics" is not biased, right Glen?

Alex said...

Eh, I meant biology.
If you want to say they have little knowledge of biology, fine, but you didn't say that. You implied "none."

Harrison Gross said...

Perhaps he is slightly biased, however this is because it is often perceived that those in such communities don't take the time to actually see the other research and simply dismiss it out of hand, and act on "faith" rather than actually finding errors in their arguments based on study of the methods used in the field.

The comic presents a good point in that those with no expertise may be helpful from time to time but often aren't as they simply do not do their research properly.

fudo said...

For the sake of completeness, here's the comic's mouseover text:

I mean, what's more likely – that I have uncovered fundamental flaws in this field that no one in it has ever thought about, or that I need to read a little more? Hint: it's the one that involves less work.

Miranda said...

Mr. Gross -- "is often perceived that those in such communities don't take the time to actually see the other research and simply dismiss it out of hand"

With the laymen, I agree. With the leaders, I can't agree.

Ty said...

"With the laymen, I agree. With the leaders, I can't agree."

You're right. The leaders are being actively dishonest, rather than just ignorant.