Why must scientists practice Nullius In Verba?
#1: Why must scientists practice Nullius In Verba? Author: Dan, Location: USA
Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:00 am
3-18-18 addition with explanatory example.
My conclusion that 'Take Nobody's Word For It.' is obvious.", is not obvious to most people. 'Nullius In verba" means that a scientific prediction must be able to be proven or falsified by "objective" tests done by other independent people.
For example, the assertion that rising CO2 levels cause global warming means the fundamental premise of scientific analysis must hold: Causes always occur before effects.
In fact, the Beer-Lambert-Bouguer Law directly proves otherwise. It is the basis for spectrographic analysis and predicts how much any form of gas like CO2 can absorb of any form of light like infrared radiation. This Law predicts that CO2 stops absorbing infrared radiation at under 100 parts per million in our atmosphere.
Over 100 ice core samples going back 800,000 years prove that temperatures always rise by 800 plus years before CO2 levels rise during dozens of inter-glacials; and over 800 years after temperatures start falling, then CO2 levels start falling. Ergo CO2 levels are an effect not a cause.
Desert plants in particular love rising CO2 levels as it lets them use water more efficiently. Already confirmed by NASA satellites for the Sahara.
Bottom line asserting that everyone believes it does not make it true. Only objective replicable tests done by independent people do.
"questioning scientific hypotheses, even scientific theories, is what all scientists should do, if true science is to advance. That is why the Royal Society’s official motto is “Nullius in verba,” Latin for “Take nobody’s word for it.” Ironically, the Society rarely practices this approach when it comes to climate change." Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris
Sir Isaac Newton was its president from 1702 to 1727. Hmm, he probably would be considered a real scientist.
The reason that 'Nullius in verba' is the Royal Societies motto is because it states the method scientists must use to prove their assertions. In short, self-aware honesty.
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