Saturday, May 28, 2011

When You Can't Tell Satire From Reality

Italian government officials have accused the country's top seismologist of manslaughter, after failing to predict a natural disaster that struck Italy in 2009, a massive devastating earthquake that killed 308 people.

A shocked spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) likened the accusations to a witch hunt.
Yup.  This is an inexact science still.  What next?  Are they going to prosecute an economist for failing to predict the collapse of world markets?


Minicapt said...

Could have a chat with Dr James Hansen on his problems with the current crop of tornadoes.

Windy Wilson said...

Well, scientists have, to a certain degree brought this on themselves. They claim to be able to predict the world average temperature to +/- one degree 100 years hence, but can't predict an earthquake on a known fault, or tell you whether to bring a sweater or an umbrella tomorrow?
This is similar to the plight of doctors, who are claiming all sorts of miracle cures, but not for your ailment.