An Italian scientist predicted a major earthquake around L’Aquila weeks before disaster struck the city on Monday, killing dozens of people, but was reported to authorities for spreading panic among the population…
[T]he head of the National Geophysics Institute dismissed Giuliani’s predictions.”It is useful to underline that it is not in any way possible to predict an earthquake,” it said, adding that the agency saw no reason for alarm but was nonetheless effecting “continuous monitoring and attention”.
The relationship between definitive pronouncements and science has always been a rocky one, especially when the definitive pronouncements are made by scientists.
Which reminds me… Are eggs good for you or bad for you this week? I can never keep that straight.