Quantum teleportation, FTL, and causality; was Re: Cat 5 extended run?

Dave Smith dave at thesmithfam.org
Fri Mar 15 11:53:10 MDT 2013

On Mar 15, 2013, at 11:02 AM, Joshua Marsh wrote:

> I think they are still exceptions though. If we base things on the mistakes
> that have been made, then science certainly is in the same boat.

I'd like to offer a data point to support this argument.

Important Note 1: I'm not arguing whether religion or science suffers more from this phenomenon.

Important Note 2: I'm also not painting the whole scientific community with this rather negative brush.

In the mid-1800s, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis told some doctors that they needed to wash their hands. The doctors were performing autopsies in a morgue and then delivering babies minutes later, without washing their hands. Amazing, right? When Semmelweis told them to wash their hands, "virtually everyone rejected" his idea[1]. A lot of children and mothers died as a result of them discarding his counsel. The rest of his life is not a happy story.

Moral of the story: Scientific mistakes of the past should not taint its future (and wash your freaking hands!)

I'd also like to say that I love Asimov's writings on this subject. Science is getting less and less wrong all the time, and I like that trajectory.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis#Legacy

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