It’s where Ken Ham comes from, you know, and apparently the region has a bit of a reputation. Not everyone from Queensland can be bog-ignorant, of course, so it’s perfectly reasonable that someone from Queensland would be appointed head of the Australian national science organization, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). So good on their latest head.
Dr Larry Marshall grew up working on farms and his family run a property in drought-affected Queensland.
It’s why he isn’t afraid to talk about his ‘out-there’ vision for agricultural research at the premier science organisation.
Uh-oh. Brace for impact!
He’d like to see the development of technology that would make it easier for farmers to dowse or divine for water on their properties.
We have kooksign! Dowsing doesn’t work. It’s easy to test, it’s been tested hundreds of times, and it always fails. Always!
“I’ve seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I’ve no idea how they do it,” he said.
“When I see that as a scientist, it makes me question, ‘is there instrumentality that we could create that would enable a machine to find that water?’
I can explain how they do it.
A little working knowledge of hydrology can boost your success rate — it’s not the dowsing, it’s the brain.
There’s water everywhere…it’s a matter of how deep you have to go and how much of it is useable that matters. So sure, if you keep drilling down to an impractical depth and score any trickle of water you find as a hit, you can have an 80% success rate.
The marks are always impressed by the hits and ignore the failures, and part of the con is to always have a ready excuse for any misses. I doubt that his “80%” was objectively measured or even measured at all — but rather, was a gut feeling. Those don’t work, either.
Oh, well, Australia, you can console yourself that unlike certain American politicians, he’s not a creationist or climate change denier.
He isn’t, is he? Did anyone ask him?