Aug
12
2013

Lord Dorwin lives! [UPDATED]

Look him up.

Anyway, in response to this:

…and this…

 

…I give you this (parody):

 “Then why rely on them?  Why not go to the raw data and study the results for yourself?”

Barack Obama raised his eyebrows and lit another cigarette hurriedly. “Why, whatever for, my dear fellow?”

“To get the information firsthand, of course.”

“But where’s the necessity? It seems an uncommonly roundabout and hopelessly rigamarolish method of getting anywhere.  Look here, now, I’ve got the works of all the best cronies – the top client-climatologists of the party.  I weigh them against each other – balance the faction fights – analyze the conflicting interests – decide which is probably most useful – and come to a conclusion.  That is the scientific method.  At least” – patronizingly – “as I see it.  How insufferably crude it would be to go to University, and take STEM classes, for instance, and blunder about, when the best cronies have presented the agitprop so much more effectually than even I could possibly hope to do.”

I should note, though: pre-Copernican astronomers were actually kind of aware that the Ptolemaic map of the universe had… something wrong with it. What happened was that they spent quite a bit of time trying to make the theory work, rather than accepting that there was something inherently mixed up about the whole thing, junking it, and starting over with the simplest theory that fit the observations. And that was falsifiable. All of which is, by the way, more quote-unquote “Science” than the President’s appeal-to-authority logical fallacy.

Ach, well, poly sci majors: they only exist because English majors need somebody to look down on…

Moe Lane

[UPDATE: Heck of a thing when a man cannot engage in the cheerful pastimes of his youth; still, it was perhaps unfair to libel poly sci majors by linking them to President Barack Obama.  As the SCA puts it: I smile and retract.]

8 Comments

  • EastBayLarry says:

    Moe,
    I recognize that quote…
    Early years of the Foundation, right?
    Well chosen for this example of pious idiocy.

  • Free-range Oyster says:

    *doffs hat* Marvelously done, Mr. Lane. Bravo!

  • midwestconservative says:

    I don’t like you knocking Political Science.

  • midwestconservative says:

    Wow, you made a retraction. All because of me, I feel special.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Better to do it now, before the Mob comes to the door with the pitchforks and the torches and the rutabaga rutabaga rutabaga.

      • LiberExMachina says:

        How dangerous is a mob wielding rutabagas anyways?

        And I believe womyns studies was the degree you were looking for, not poly sci. At least a poly sci degree can be seen as having some use (pseudo pre-law a/o political operative) outside of teaching poly sci courses…

        But whatever, I got biology degrees.

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