Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The science, it doesn't work the way you think it works.

They're quite concerned
Italian Scientists Go On Trial For Failing To Predict L'Aquila Earthquake

L'AQUILA, Italy - A group of Italian scientists went on trial Tuesday for failing to predict an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy in 2009 despite signs of increased seismic activity in the area.

The seven defendants -- six scientists and one government official -- are accused of manslaughter in a case that some see as an unfair indictment of science. (source)

Man, and I thought my job was stressful! So it's technically impossible (with current science) to predict an earthquake with any certainty -- but these poor bastards are on trial for frikkin' manslaughter?? Idiocy. If I were a geologist in Italy, I'd be publishing an earthquake warning every hour of every day, just to avoid prison.

1 comment:

  1. first they came for the scientists. then they came for the meteorologists. Then they came for the economists...
    no safe haven for being wrong most of the time anymore. What is this world coming to?
    In all seriousness, putting scientists on trial for failing to predict an earthquake is insane.