Burt Rutan has been an inspiration for me since the 1970's when his canard planes were featured in Popular Science. He has now designed the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo "the sexiest spaceship ever" and will soon begin flight testing.
On Youtube I found the following clip of a talk given by Rutan at the Oshkosh airshow. The video quality is bad, but the content is excellent.
It's surprising how few people have seen this. This talk was given months before hacked E-mails came to light, confirming part of what Rutan says.
You often read in the newspaper things like: "Now 90% of scientists agree with global warming, ten years ago that was 60%." For me that isn't an argument. Rutan says: "Of course Consensus has nothing to do with Science and Science has nothing to do with Consensus."
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