We decided to document a thread from Twitter by @HiFiWhiPhi who seems to be missing in action lately. We think he is playing Grizzly Adams in the woods somewhere. Here is thread on Twitter if you want to read it there:

 

Consensus Science is Bad Science 1:

Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz Semmelweis, who suggested that doctors should wash their hands, and who eliminated puerperal fever as a result, was fired, harassed, forced to move, had his career destroyed, and died in a mental institution at age 47. All this because he went against consensus science.

#2

J Harlen Bretz

J Harlen Bretz, the geologist who documented the catastrophic Missoula floods, was ridiculed and humiliated by uniformitarian “elders” for 30 years before his ideas were accepted. All this because he went against consensus science. He was eventually awarded the Penrose Medal.

#3

Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener, the geophysicist who first proposed continental drift, the basis of plate tectonics, was berated for over 40 years by mainstream geologists who organized to oppose him in favour of a trans-oceanic land bridge. All this because he went against consensus science.

#4

Aristarchus of Samos, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo

Aristarchus of Samos, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, brilliant minds and leaders in their field all supported the heliocentric model. They were at some point either ignored, derided, vilified, or jailed for their beliefs. All this because they went against consensus science.

#5

Carl F. Gauss

Carl F. Gauss, discoverer of non-Euclidean geometry, self-censored his own work for 30 years for fear of ridicule, reprisal, and relegation. It did not become known until after his death. Similar published work was ridiculed. All this because he went against consensus science.

#6

Hans Alfven

Hans Alfven, a Nobel plasma physicist, showed that electric currents operate at large scales in the cosmos. His work was considered unorthodox and is still rejected despite providing answers to many of cosmology’s problems. All this because he went against consensus science.

#7

Georg Cantor

Georg Cantor, creator of set theory in mathematics, was so fiercely attacked that he suffered long bouts of depression. He was called a charlatan and a corrupter of youth and his work was referred to as utter nonsense. All this because he went against consensus science.

#8

Kristian Birkeland

Kristian Birkeland, the man who explained the polar aurorae, had his views disputed and ridiculed as a fringe theory by mainstream scientists until fifty years after his death. He is thought by some to have committed suicide. All this because he went against consensus science.

#9

Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel, founder of genetics, whose seminal paper was criticized by the scientific community, was ignored for over 35 years. Most of the leading scientists simply failed to understand his obscure and innovative work. All this because he went against consensus science.