|Source photo of the Putnam Gallery at Harvard|
The term “scientific consensus” is often tossed around in the media. Experts, pundits, and everyday people cite “scientific consensus” as evidence for global warming, macro-evolution, and even atheism.
What is a scientific consensus? Well in theory a scientific consensus would indicate that the vast majority of scientists in a given field agree with a certain position. How firm does the majority have to be? Is it 51%? Or could it be 67%? I think it would probably have to be much higher to indicate an absolute position. In fact I would posit that it would probably have to be over 99%.
Does say, darwinian evolution have such a consensus in the sciences? Truly, truly, it does not. There is in fact a firm scientific dissent against darwinism, learn more here. Last I checked the list of scientists and PHDs who are skeptical of darwinism is over 20 pages long. The suggestion that there is a scientific consensus here is simply nonsense.