Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Italy puts scientists on trial for act of God

Kind of a reverse Galileo, wouldn't you say:
Seven scientists and other experts went on trial on manslaughter charges Tuesday for allegedly failing to sufficiently warn residents before a devastating 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy.
The case is being closely watched by seismologists around the globe who insist it's impossible to predict earthquakes and dangerous to suggest otherwise, since seismologists will be discouraged from issuing any advice at all if they fear legal retaliation.
Maybe they will make a Good Samaritan ruling.

But that's assuming a certain level of knowledge.


LibertyAtStake said...

I came here prepared to make a "full circle" comment, re: Galileo. But your lead pic stole my thunder. A snarky internet commenter needs to get up early around here!

"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Anne said...

It is pretty amazing, isn't it.