The Herald published yet another letter this last Wednesday by a climate-change denier. How to respond. It seems that every substantive science issue devolves into my Nobel-prize winner is smarter than your Nobel-prize winner. This situation is reinforced by the availability of the World Wide Web, where one can find support for any thesis regardless of how outrageous.
How to respond. As one who had a career in applied science, I can say the following. Our educational system teaches a minimal amount of science, but it rarely teaches us how science works. In this age of smart-phones and personal computers, we take for granted the technology that support these devices. But how did underlying science develop?
Science advances by an unrelenting questioning of anything and everything. It can happen that a scientist is more acclaimed by refuting some previous scientific "fact" than by discovering a new phenomenon. This continual focus on challenge has served us well as your cell-phone and Edison's light bulb surely attest.
FRANK SCHMITTROTH, Richland