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11th-Apr-2013 02:21 pm
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Rebuttal to the attack on Dr. Don Easterbrook | Watts Up With That?

The WWU geology faculty letter asserted that technological advances arise from application of the scientific method. They claimed that airplanes were invented by scientists. But the Wright brothers were bicycle mechanics–not scientists. The modern age of personal computing began in a suburban California garage in 1976. The most significant technological advance in human history was the Industrial Revolution in Britain that occurred from 1760 through 1830. When Adam Smith toured factories and inquired as to who had invented the new machinery, the answer was always the same: the common workman. Antibiotics were not discovered through the rigorous application of scientific methodology but serendipitously when Fleming noticed in 1928 that mold suppressed bacterial growth.
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11th-Apr-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
They did, however, employ the scientific method inasmuch as they could - and when they suspected the data they had been supplied was junk, they tossed it out, built their own test apparatus, and acquired their own data. Among other things, they found that the person who'd supplied it had (albeit with honest motives) done some unwarranted curve-smoothing...
12th-Apr-2013 09:53 am (UTC)
I would say that the most significant technological advance in human history was the invention of the ocean-going ship, by some anonymous Scandinavian person, at some point before the eighth century. But that would only prove further what you say.
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