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  1. Decline …when progress fails

  2. Location of Norse settlements in Greenland, 986 - c. 1500

  3. Norse settlement at Brattahlid

  4. Foundation stone of the Norse cathedral

  5. 3: Settlement starts 4: Thule Inuit arrive 6: Western Settlement disappears 8: Eastern Settlement disappears

  6. China, 1405 Zheng He takes a fleet of 300 ships, some 120 m long, on voyages of discovery and trade

  7. Voyages of Zheng He

  8. 1841: British Ironclad `Nemesis’ sinks junks in First Opium War

  9. The Death of Science?

  10. 1905: Einstein’s annus mirabilis: Brownian motion Photoelectric effect Special Relativity Mass-Energy Equivalence

  11. 2005?

  12. Political Control of Science Trofim Lysenko 1898-1976

  13. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck 1744-1829

  14. Dr Paul Kammerer joins University of Moscow, 1925

  15. In Moscow, Kammerer joined Ivan Michurin, another Lamarckian The slogan on the stamp says, ``We cannot wait for favors from Nature; to take them from it, that is our task.’’

  16. Lysenko and Stalin

  17. Speaking to a student audience at McGill University in February 2008, Dr David Suzuki called for the jailing of politicians who did not accept the theory of anthropogenic global warming.

  18. Political Control of Science ``Since prime minister Stephen Harper came to power, his government has been sceptical of the science on climate change and has backed away from Canada's Kyoto commitment. In January, it muzzled Environment Canada's scientists, ordering them to route all media enquires through Ottawa to control the agency's media message. Last week, the prime minister and members of the cabinet failed to attend a ceremony to honour the Canadian scientists who contributed to the international climate-change report that won a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.’’

  19. Religious Control of Science Darrow and Bryan, 1925

  20. Scalia, 1986 Louisiana

  21. Kathy Martin, Kansas, 2005

  22. Religious Control of Science George C. Deutsch NASA press officer ``It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator... This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue.’’

  23. Q: How to attract people whose primary motive is curiosity? A: Offer them power, money and prestige

  24. Scientific Fraud Friedhelm Herrmann & Marion Brach, cancer researchers, fabricated data in more than 90 journal papers (discovered in 1997) A series of five fraudulent papers by Jan Hendrik Schoen were published in Nature in the 2000-2001 period. The papers, about superconductivity, were revealed to contain falsified data and other scientific fraud. In 2003 the papers were retracted by Nature.

  25. Scientific Fraud The fraction of fradulent papers in biomedical journals has been estimated at 5 to 10%

  26. John P.A. Ioannidis ``Why Most Published Research Findings Are False’’ 2005

  27. Technology without Science Lacking knowledge of the laws of physics, how can systems be developed to function in challenging environments?

  28. The Termite Civilization