How do you feel about scientists? Maybe you admire them, especially if they win a Nobel Prize or invent something that benefits all of humanity. But do you worship them? Do you ‘believe’ in them? Science isn’t about worship, it’s about respect, hard work and information. It’s about the facts. It’s a ‘fact’ that some of these men in white coats get put on a pedestal by the general public, but that’s not very ‘scientific’.I was having a Twitter conversation with a local journalist recently. She said that she greatly admired a science writer in the Guardian newspaper, in London. She asserted that he was the ‘most trustworthy’ person she’d ever encountered. Well, okay, that’s an opinion, and I have little information against such a claim. However, she then went on to say she ‘believed’ in him. That’s not very scientific! (In fact it’s the precise opposite, and part of the reason that science developed so much in the eighteenth century in the first place.) Science isn’t about beliefs, it’s about research and verifiable theories. The problem with belief is that it’s open to test, and every experiment, every test, every experience, has the possibility of nullifying that belief. In… Read full this story
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