At the risk of being slightly pedantic, I would like to point out the two distinguishing characteristics of good science.
First, it emerges from the honest and unprejudiced efforts of a scientific community, wherein a conclusion is reached. Second, that conclusion is at all times recognized to be disprovable via further efforts by that same scientific community. The sun no longer revolves around the Earth, and the application of leeches, which killed George Washington, is no longer a preferred method of treating a fever.
I make this observation while fervently hoping that a couple of unfortunate juxtapositions will vanish, certainly between now and Nov. 6, and hopefully forever. The first of these involves the conjoining of "global warming" and "hoax." Admittedly, more research will establish such important parameters as the exact dependence of global warming on human activity and the rate of temperature change. The second is the marriage of "creationism" and "alternative science." Creationism is not science, and definitely not an alternative to be taught to youth in our public schools. May I add that to theologians with the proper intellectual sophistication, evolution is in no way a threat to their faith.
It pains me deeply to see my beloved country falling behind so many others in the quality of scientific education we offer to our youth. Let us at least sweep the above-mentioned large chunks of junk science off the table. They pollute both the intellectual climate and the political climate.
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Joseph E. Levy
Hilton Head Island