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  1. 01 Feb '14 17:47 / 8 edits
    Here is an example of a great many of how science is so often misrepresented by the news and TV media

    http://phys.org/news/2014-01-grey-black-hole-stephen-hawking.html

    Basically, it all boils down to Stephen Hawking having said he thinks “classical black hole don't exist” but he didn't imply that black holes don't exist because he was saying they DO exist but are not “classical black holes” as physics defines “classical black holes”.
    But, typical news media that just loves dishing out a vast amount of misinformation crap, they took the quote “classical black hole don't exist” and simply edited out the first word “classical” to make that quote just “black hole don't exist” and presented that as what Stephen Hawking was trying to say.

    The above link also says "...comments quickly degenerate into satirical discussions of how you should never believe anything scientists say, as they just make it up anyway.

    Science, it is often suggested, is little different to religion, with the current clergy awaiting the latest proclamation from the giants in the field...

    ...
    ...
    But that's not the way science works, ...."



    Another example of the news media misrepresenting science, and perhaps the most shameful, is when the news media claimed that scientists genetically engineered a "mouse with a human ear” and showed a convincing photograph of this to revolt people into becoming outraged and against genetic engineering. The problem is that photograph wasn't a mouse with a human ear but a mouse with a piece of fabric shaped like a human ear surgically attached to its body and skin cells where then grown over its surface and the scientists that did this always maintained that this was all it was and never claimed or said anything to the contrary.
  2. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    02 Feb '14 00:56
    Originally posted by humy
    Here is an example of a great many of how science is so often misrepresented by the news and TV media

    http://phys.org/news/2014-01-grey-black-hole-stephen-hawking.html

    Basically, it all boils down to Stephen Hawking having said he thinks “classical black hole don't exist” but he didn't imply that black holes don't exist because he was saying they DO exis ...[text shortened]... s always maintained that this was all it was and never claimed or said anything to the contrary.
    This is not science anyway. It is all philosophical guess work.
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    02 Feb '14 00:57
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    This is not science anyway. It is all philosophical guess work.
    It is guesswork on a much more solid basis than your religious fairy tales.