An Inconvenient Consensus

Ironically the scientific consensus on the safety of GM crops is rejected by the same people who insist on the policy relevance of the “consensus” on global warming.

In fact, the phrase “scientific consensus” is a modern campaigning tool used by the likes of Al Gore who appear to believe that scientific truth is discovered by political debate.

Professional scientists do not care for the phrase since the credibility of research is not determined by its media coverage but whether or not it conforms to reality.

Supporters of popular theories tend to succumb to confirmation bias as was clearly seen in the behaviour uncovered by the Climategate whistle blower.

And a “consensus” severely limits the questions other researchers may safely ask without being blacklisted, denied funding, and locked out of publishing in major journals.


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