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News Jail time for incompetent Italian scientists

  1. Oct 28, 2012 #1

    OmCheeto

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    Note to self. Do not become a scientist in Italy. But if I should, be sure and cry wolf every time something might happen.

    Meteorologist: "It's going to rain heavily. There might be a flood. Everyone move to higher ground".

    Quantum Physicist: "There is no uncertainty about the uncertainty principle, and everyone should therefore jump back in bed and hide under the covers".
     
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  3. Oct 28, 2012 #2
    The survivors view:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/27/laquila-earthquake-battle-science-politics

     
  4. Oct 28, 2012 #3
    It was never a matter of blaming scientists for wrong predictions, it was about their involvement in misleading public and telling things that were not factually correct.
     
  5. Oct 28, 2012 #4

    Ryan_m_b

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    Did they make a mistake either in their reading of the data or in deciding whether or not the risk warranted a warning? If so to either of those then I can see how this would at least constitute criminal negligence.
     
  6. Oct 28, 2012 #5

    Borek

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