For more than several years, I’ve been saddened and frustrated by the trend of replacing journalists and trained/educated specialists with analysts and actors on all things news, sports and weather. I don’t watch much “network” news and I watch even less “cable channel” news, but I still see enough to make my skin crawl, my head hurt, and my blood pressure rise.
I often hear one of these pretty boy/girl talking heads begin a sentence with:
“Now, I’m not a lawyer/doctor/physicist/mathematician/etc.” but then proceed headlong into a lecture on a legal decision/medical procedure/scientific fact/mathematical operation – eschewing facts in favor of statements that fall in line with the preferred opinions of the recognized audience.
When I hear that opening, the thought that runs through my mind is a non-family-friendly version of:
“If you’re not a lawyer/doctor/physicist/mathematician/etc. then shut your pie hole.”
I was motivated to strike out at these buffoons when I read an article on EarthSky.org about the volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io. You can read the entire article here, but this is the part that caught my attention:
“We on Earth first learned about Io’s volcanoes nearly 40 years ago, when NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past this Jovian moon. Now, scientists have completed a comprehensive new peer-reviewed report on Io’s volcanoes, first published in The Astrophysical Journal on June 21, 2019, based on ground-based observations. The report covers five years of observations from 2013-2018, using advanced instrumentation on the Keck and Gemini telescopes.”
- Base on five years of observations
- Using advanced instrumentation
Opinions are easy to form, but often worthless. Meanwhile, science is hard.
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