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Science Abused in Italian Courts Once Again

Friday, October 19, 2012

What is the deal with the legal system in Italy? A new ruling by the Italian Supreme Court has found, despite the lack of credible scientific evidence or even a plausible mechanism, that cell phones cause brain tumors.  

The last time we mentioned Italian courts on this blog, it was in discussing the attempt to prosecute seismologists who failed to predict an unpredictable earthquake. And of course, there was the famous trial of the scientist (and pioneer of the modern scientific method) who had the audacity to argue that the Earth is not the center of the universe - Galileo Galilei.

It's a good thing half of CERN is in Italy. At least that offsets their silly science track record a good bit.
Posted by Buzz Skyline


Buzz Skyline said...

Oops, my bad. CERN is not in Italy at all

Also, you're right. lots of great science comes from Italy. It's specifically the court cases that I'm complaining about. I guess I was just overly excited about the latest case and let my typing get ahead of my thinking. Mi dispiace.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Mauro said...

Anyway you are right on complaining aboiut italian courts... but if you write about the "silly science track record" we should have, you've to learn still a lot about Italy and about science.



Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Mauro said...

Sorry, but the CERN venue is at the borders between France and Switzerland... no part of CERN is in Italy (even if we are the second contributors behind Germany).



Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM