Is Science Dead Already?
If mainstream news has any power left at all, it might be to drag down the conventional science establishment along with it.
We saw in the “business news” of BBC, (Also tagged “Environment”), a story repeating the illogical accusation that Bitcoin, rather than being an unsung hero of our environment, is somehow a threat to it.
“The study was written by academics from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Cornell University and the University of Surrey. It was published by the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications.” — BBC
This was the closest we got to an actual reference link to an original article.
So as yet, I can’t find it, buried amongst the myriad of other rags quoting the same vague reference.
Anyone pointing me to the source, or even supplying it, thus defeating the usual colonialisation of information, would be much appreciated.
An immediate logical flaw in the BBC story, which begs us to look critically at all of it, is this statement:
“China wants its emissions to peak in 2030, and has plans to be carbon neutral by 2060.” — BBC
Couple that with the following that we know about Bitcoin:
The last Bitcoin will be minted within two years
That means an easy five years plus, even if we double the estimate to the last Bitcoin, before the first deadline of 2030.
Bitcoin mining will already have been consigned to history by 2030.
Need I provide references for this?
Nop, it is is common knowledge, go google it, if you can’t find it, let me know and I will update here.
So the BBC article at least, is invalid.
Did the scientists of the original article somehow miss this?
I doubt that very much. As I said, it is common knowledge, at least in the Bitcoin community which they would surely not have ignored.
Which means that the BBC quoting the scientific establishments as the source of reference material that its invalid claims are made on, is likely to bring about mistrust, of that scientific community, the scientists who carried out the study.
Scientists, are you going to let them do this to you?
For a reminder of the complete scientific argument including the conclusion that Bitcoin is actually a friend of the environment, absolutely not a foe, perhaps even its saviour, see my earlier story below.
I invite any/all claiming to be scientists or otherwise, to critique it here in the public forum of Medium: