Monday, 22 October 2012


This is scary. Six Italian scientists sentenced to jail terms for giving "inaccurate" information. My understanding of Seismology is scant at least but I don't really see many earthquake warnings managing to save lives. Seismology is really about studying what happens during earthquakes in order to try to predict - maybe in the future - when an earthquake might happen rather than prediction. <rant> Scientists are paid a fraction of what doctors are paid and do their job largely because it keeps them out of the pub and from needing to find a proper job. We predict, hypothesise and guess but with no level of certainty more than stats can pretend we mean.  That does not mean that we are a waste of time but if you need us to be exact then give us reasonable funding, working conditions and some respect! </rant>

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