Science is even more awesome than this .jpg implies.
I was recently reading the book “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris. The book has some interesting stuff although I did carry on wishing the author would provide more support for his positions instead of just asserting them.
But what interested me was that the author repeatedly said that Scientists are “objective” in their research, and are not biased in their findings.
This surprised the crap out of me because one of the main themes of social science research is that objectivity is impossible for human beings to achieve, and that the progression of Science has been dominated by massive egos, brutal deathmatches and tons and tons of bullshit.
I must of course say that I am not one of those loonies who thinks that Science is hokum and that “informal knowledge” or “common sense” are where it’s at.
It saddens me but there really are people who believe that you can learn more about how the world works by looking around your own community, than from looking at studies that span both geography and time.
Science works. The simple fact that you can see this message means that Science works pretty darn well.
I am likewise not one of those people who believes that if you stare at something and then write an article about what you think you see that this counts as ‘Science’. Science only works when it is done properly, and then it works really well.
But anyone who says that Science (or Scientists) is perfect is badly deluded, and possibly dangerous.