You've all read and reacted to last week's post about how conservatives can reclaim science.
Now, I'm going to share a few things that you can keep in mind to help make that possible:
Science serves no end but itself
In its pure form, science is not left or right, good or bad. It is amoral, apolitical and unemotional. We ascribe meaning to, and impose our own values on, scientific results all the time, but we’re doing that, not science.
Science’s purpose is to increase knowledge about the world. New information is constantly becoming available, and what it says today (i.e. "humans cause global warming") could be overthrown tomorrow. We "knew" the world was flat, that it was the centre of the universe, and that it was 5000 to 6000 years old by the time we discovered the first fossil. Assuming we know what science will reveal is stupid.
The more science is done, the more science changes
When I was in pharmacy school, I had a professor who asked the class each year to research whether eating egg yolks increased your cholesterol or not.
Sometimes, students tried to be clever and copied last year’s answer, but this prof always knew when that was happening because every year, more science was done researching this topic and every so often, the balance of evidence tipped the other way.
What was the point of this exercise? To show us that the answer to science is always MORE SCIENCE. Don’t like the scientific consensus? Do studies showing that it’s wrong!
Nothing in science is ever truly “settled”
Leftists giving you grief because of your beliefs? Tell them this: “There will always be a possibility that God exists.”
They will have no comeback for that, because what you’re saying is completely true. Science cannot fully remove the possibility of God. It can only make God really really unlikely.
Of course, believing in God despite the odds is what faith is all about, but you knew that already, didn’t you?
Speaking of which:
Scientists have no reason to take rejection of science personally
Shooting an abortion doctor instead of letting God judge that doctor, forcing women to cover their hair so that you won’t be tempted, and killing the editors of Charlie Hebdo for mocking your prophet are not demonstrations of how powerful your faith is. Instead, they show how insecure you are. If you think God is all-powerful, why should He need your help to run the world?
Similarly, a scientist should not be wasting his or her time attacking believers or people who reject evidence. Does someone refusing to get the flu shot make the shot less effective? No! So why are you being so insecure? Oh, wait, I know -- it’s up to you personally to make sure we don’t have a flu epidemic. Mmm-hmm. Sure.
I spent years calling people who drank raw milk stupid before I realized I was being stupid because it wasn’t my job to prove them wrong.
Scientists also block scientific progress
There are so many stories of scientists getting so attached to their discoveries that they refuse to let go, but my favourite is about good ol’ Albert Einstein.
After he caused a revolution by developing the general theory of relativity , Einstein spent years --years --opposing the next big paradigm shift, which was quantum physics. Since he was "the man" as far as physicists went for a long, long time, his word held more sway than all the evidence anyone could muster. You would think he’d had known better, but…
Scientists should be humble
The amount of stuff we don’t know, and we don’t know that we don’t know, is awe-inspiring. Don’t lord your scraps of knowledge over so-called ignorant people. You really are in no place to judge.
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