Originally Posted by noshibby
Why no giant spike in the dirty 30's?
I don't see a spike, but the slope of the line in that decade is fairly steep. What's surprising to me is how the thing goes near logarithmic once the human population explodes. (From 1950 to now, the human population has tripled. TRIPLED.)
I for one, feel it stands to reason that the scientific method has been the sole method that has been remotely effective at "figuring out how things work". With it, we have nearly tripled the human lifespan, improved sanitation and nutritional status for virtually all of the civilized world. Allowed instantaneous communication anywhere in the world. GPS, computers, refrigeration, Air conditioning, transportation (I can get from NC to Australia in about a single day.) Comfort, entertainment, etc.
There isn't a single facet of your life that the scientific method has not had a significant impact upon. HOWEVER, the moment the scientific method produces anything that inconveniences the masses the resounding impulse is to KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
The very fact that the oil and gas industry spends billions to discredit the findings of reputable scientists from hundreds of countries and virtually all institutes of science and higher learning makes me feel....dubious. I can't watch anything on TV without commercials where some smiling business suit softly and soothingly tells me how wonderful and perfect and safe frakking/gulf deepwater drilling/tar sand pipeline/drilling in Alaska is.
1000's of scientists with no overt affiliation
vs handful of energy conglomerates/GOPEdited by Mjolnir - 10/20/11 at 11:18pm