"Too many scientists are like homeless people. They go around "carrying" "Will work for food (or money)" signs on their shoulders. Other scientists are lobbyists trying to get money from people or corporations that have an agenda. Other scientists are good intentioned, but their science is a "hunch" they desperately want to "prove.""
Geez, Nick. Does that leave any scientists out there who might actually be doing real science and coming up with valid answers, or at least increasing our understanding of what is going on in the physical world, including, just maybe, providing a better understanding our collective impact on it?
Or are they all just a bunch of prostitutes, beggars, and witch doctors?
Common sense applied to the progress that humanity has achieved over the last 5000 years tells me that there have been quite a few of them who actually did real science, and not just in pursuit of knowledge that could be applied to enhancing our material standard of living or annihilating our fellow man. That being the case, I tend to sit up and listen when a very large number of them express concern over our collective impact on the only livable planet we are likely to have for the foreseeable future. I realize that the implications of what they are saying may be bad for business, but maybe, just maybe, it's time to reevaluate doing business as usual before proceeding further, rather dismissing them out of hand?