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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:47 am Post subject: an analogy
Dear Sefians, I return to my pet theme on hazards of Microzonation as promoted by DST. In this connection, please read page 13 of epaper of chennai edition of Hindu on "Bad Physics delights the deniers" "quoting the para at the end"
"The howlers go on and on. There is scarcely a line in Lord Monckton's paper which is not wildly wrong.
Yet none of this appears to embarrass the *Sunday Telegraph*, which championed his findings this week in a leading article. Readers cannot expect a newspaper editor to possess a detailed understanding of atmospheric physics, but there should at least be someone who knows what science looks like whom the editor consults before running a piece.
A scientific paper is one published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. This means it has been subject to scrutiny by other experts in the field. This doesn't suggest that it is the last word on the subject, but it does mean it is worth discussing. For newspapers such as the *Sunday Telegraph*the test seems to be much simpler. If they don't understand it, it must be science. —
(c) Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006
Applies to articles on Microzonation also !!
"but there should at least be someone who knows what science looks like whom the editor consults before running a piece. "
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