Popular Science ends reader comments, says practice is bad for science

Popular Science ends reader comments, says practice is bad for science

[Ed. note: Sounds like Obama has become the editor]

The scientific method relies on rigorous observation and peer-based feedback as critical components in testing a hypothesis. But one of the world’s leading science publications now says there is a major difference when it comes to reading news articles about science.

In a surprising move, the website for Popular Science announced it is no longer allowing reader comments on its articles. And in a potentially even more controversial move, the site’s online content director boldly explains the decision was reached because of the publication’s belief that reader comments are actually bad for science.

“A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics,” writes Suzanne LaBarre. “Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to ‘debate’ on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.”

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