The Fundamental Difference Between Science And Engineering

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

Michael Crichton

I have degrees and many years professional experience in both science and engineering.

Scientists take comfort in long lists of prior research which supports their position. For most academics, it doesn’t matter if they are wrong or right.  There are no consequences for being wrong, particularly if they have consensus to hide behind. There are no consequences for scientists who bring money into their university. Only for those who don’t.

Engineers do the exact opposite. They assume that everyone before them was incompetent, until proven otherwise. Engineers have to, because lives depend on getting it right. There are no appeals to authority or excuses when a bridge falls down, or a product fails to work properly.

Once a train wreck like climate science gets started, it is difficult to stop. Because the long list of worthless peer-reviewed references keeps getting longer, and the money supporting the junk science keeps increasing.

About Tony Heller

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