22nd February 2011

“It is crucial to the public's intellectual health to know when science really is science. Those with a religious agenda will continue to disguise their true views in their effort to win supporters, so please read between the lines.”

Amanda Gefter

10 Responses to “22nd February 2011”

  1. Atheist MC Says:

    The general public rarely understand science. Even at high school and in undergraduate science courses it is unusual for anyone to be taught “philosophically” what science is. Which is a shame because it is the starting point for all sorts of critical thinking. Without it anything said by a crank in a white coat can pass for science.

  2. CLG Says:

    The general public doesn’t really care about science, even when something is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. As long as their religious views do not coincide with the science, the science may as well not exist. One only needs to look at evolution to see that.

  3. holysmokes Says:

    Its vitally important to remember that science is NOT in the business of PROVING anything, nor has it ever done so. Science makes observations and draws conclusions based on available evidence and repeatable testing. The scientific method.

    I’ve noticed that many atheists like to use the word “prove.” We really should stop using it regarding science. Even the law of gravity is not proven. It has simply never been shown to be wrong….big difference. Some may call that splitting hairs, however if you think about it, cutting out the word “prove” also takes away much of the perceived arrogance towards science.

    I’d suggest that we hit the “delete” button on that word, particularly when talking to people of faith. Instead of starting a sentence with, “Science has proven that…..” Let’s try wordage such as, “Science has shown that….” or Scientific evidence supports…

  4. Atheist MC Says:

    Which is part of the point I was trying to make. The “scientific method” is not generally taught. Even in science classes. School kids do experiments to “prove” a point they have been taught, and continue to think in this way. I would bet that very few college students could accurately describe what a scientist means by a hypothesis, or a theory or falsification. I have a degree in Biology, but I was a long time out of college before I read Popper.

  5. The Heretic Says:

    If people understood the scientific method, they would never have been taken in by Global Warming, now Climate Change (a disguise!) It has been disproven 10 ways from Sunday, but don’t let that stop a believer. We should now be going in to a cooling trend. All of those Global Cooling freaks from the 70s are going to rear their ugly heads again. Just another cause to give government more power and take more of the people cash “to save the planet”. What a load of hogwash. It is just another religion that people believe in blindly. And you thought theists were bad.

  6. Atheist MC Says:

    It has been disproven 10 ways from Sunday

    Citation please.

  7. Dan Says:

    Looks like TheHeretic decided to jump the shark.

  8. Simon Says:

    So what the f**k’s melting permafrost? Polar Bears with hair dryers

  9. reetBob Says:

    Reminds me of SocraticMethodMan, only without the irony.

  10. Rusko Says:

    The reason we call it “Climate Change” instead of global warming, is because it is more acurate. During this last blizzard I overheard more than a few rednecks say, “So much for that global warming! Har Har!”

    There is a great iPhone app called “Skeptical Science” that counters all of the propoganda produced by people that want to downplay the fact that the climate is changing.

    The evidence presented by all mainstream scientists overwhelmingly support that the climate is changing and at an alarming rate. The only “scientists” that disagree are typically not climatologists and are on some big energy company pay roll.

    Good science is non-political, non-religious, and does not try to prove a preconcieved agenda. Quite the opposite of the situation where corporations pay for the results they want.

    Good Topic.