I was on the tube travelling into London yesterday, reading an article in which Michael O'Leary, the boss of Ryanair, described global warming as "horseshit".
He then came out with one sentence which had me open mouthed in disbelief. He said this:
"The scientific community has nearly always been wrong in history anyway. In the Middle Ages, they were going to excommunicate Galileo because the entire scientific community said the Earth was flat...Where do you begin?
- Galileo did not live in the Middle Ages.
- Galileo did not argue about whether or not the Earth was flat, he argued that the Earth was not at the centre of the universe, but that the Sun was.
- The "scientific community" could not excommunicate Galileo as they, if they even existed at that time, had no such power. It was the Catholic Church which threatened to excommunicate Galileo.
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