To begin: he writes:
Science functions in a social context. Emergence of an educated class is as disastrous as emergence of a wealthy class.Science might function in a social context, but that is not where scientific advances are made. An educated class has certainly emerged in the last 150 years and it is certainly where all scientific advances are made -- all of them. The average person in the average social context has little-to-no idea of what scientific advances are going around them -- it's strictly a function of the educated, scientific elite. I can't image it being anything else, ever, not in the time of Newton, or Kelvin, or Maxwell, or Bohr or Feynman or Weinberg or Guth or Witten. Ground-breaking science has always been in such a class.
Enough of that. Tobis writes:
The problem isn't that just one person gets it wrong; the problem is that it is easier to get it wrong than to get it right.I have no idea what this means. Wrong is wrong.
Yes, science can get very "hairy." So what? QED is hairy -- every try to read Schwinger? Or Dirac on quantum mechanics? Or any modern physicist on quantum field theory? Or ... go on, and on....
Which is exactly why Kristen Byrnes isn't a scientist. She lacks the subtlety and deep thought required of them. She's a cut-and-paster, without benefit of much critical thinking, if any. She's just a kid, for god's sakes. Few to none of them have any sophisticated idea about what science is about. It's tough stuff. There are few real geniuses around. She certainly isn't one of them.
So what is she contributing? I really can't tell, at all. She's just some average, mediocre blogger. It's an extreme embarassment that NPR would treat her as the equal to people who have spent decades studying this subject in excruciating detail.
Somewhere in Toledo there is a girl scout troop meeting every Tuesday evening. I certainly hope they're having a good time. But I hardly am going to believe their calculations for the cross section of Higgs production at the upcoming LHC run, or their thoughts on the efficacy of SSRIs for long-term depressives. Are you?