Something To Remember About “Scientists”

Last night, I was reading William F. Buckley’s autobiography, “Miles Gone By,” and ran across a quote that was a good reminder of why we should beware assigning an automatic label of credibility to anyone billed as a “scientist.”

The words had nothing to do with global warming, as they were written in the 50’s, but they are something we should consider every time we hear Al Gore talk about how many scientists are on board with him.

Buckley quoted a columnist, whose name escapes me at the moment, from an issue of National Review decades ago: “Scientists are people who first build, and then buy, the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Words to remember.

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