Science vs the human animal

“Science is a way to call the bluff of those who only pretend to knowledge. It is a bulwark against mysticism, against superstition, against religion misapplied to where it has no business being. If we’re true to its values, it can tell us when we’re being lied to. It provides a mid-course correction to our mistakes”.

-Carl Sagan

Science, like many of our inventions, has its flaws.

But at its most basic, it is the best tool we have for discovering truth.

The fundamental benefit of scientific thought is that, when done correctly, it allows for mistakes to be made, and for information to be updated.

There is a door left slightly ajar at all times, waiting for someone new to poke their head in, sift around in the vast pool of knowledge we have, pull something out, and after careful consideration, announce that it makes no sense.

And then something magical happens.

People who were quite sure that what was in the pool was absolutely true, sit back and say, well if you think it’s wrong, prove it!

And if that person is able to, well then that thing which was believed to be true is changed, and a new truth emerges.

To understand how incredible this is, one has to view it through the lens of Human history, and how for most of it anyone who attempted to pull apart established doctrine was shunned or killed.

Still to this day, hundreds of thousands of people allow their superstitious beliefs to completely close them off to our shifting understanding of the universe and our place in it.

It is imperative that those of us who see truth through the lens of pure scientific inquiry to stand as a shield against those who would pull us back into the barbarism of our past.

Whether talking about physics, or philosophical thought, science can guide us to answers we did not even know the questions to.

It isn’t perfect, and many people who deem themselves scientists are wholly not following the tenets of science, but it’s the best damn system we have at the moment.

 

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