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14 August 2016
Inside science

Not so much inside science I suppose but inside the heads of journalists and some scientists. At http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/eric-metaxas/perhaps-ancients-werent-s… … sent in by William Thompson this one is a nice insight to how some people view themselves as ripe red top fruit rather then the too green apple lower down on the tree. The headline to the post is 'Perhaps Ancients Weren't So Dumb' … and was sparked by archeologists in China discovering evidence of a massive flood at the beginning of the Xia dynasty (as reported a few days ago). Apparently, not all the experts are happy with the result, seeing the Chinese as being too keen on bringing their myths into life. The same might go for the story of David's capture of Jebusite Jerusalem. This was long considered to be a legend and not worth taking any notice of – until an Israeli archaeologist actually found the tunnel used by David and his band.

He describes this as intellectual snobbery and says this was something pointed out by CS Lewis in the 19th century. He described it as 'the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate of our own age' and the assumption considers that anything that has past its sell by date (older than the invention of the home computer) is not worthy of their attention. This just about sums up modern climate scientists perfectly – down to the 'tee' and dotting the 'ayes'. Marvellous. The likes of HH Lamb are of course old hat – and they actually wrote books about climate after due diligence in looking at the field evidence and ancient documents. Too much for the inverted snobs of this world, too aged by far. The current generation are many times more intelligent than people even a single generation ago (yet alone the two or three generations that separate us from HH Lamb).

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