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“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” – Galileo Galilei
I hate appeals to authority when it comes to science. These always raise a red flag with me. “Trust the Science” is the technocrat’s version of “Because, shut up.” Science by its nature does not invite trust, it invites skepticism. Scientific progress is made by those challenging the science, and being convinced of its validity through reasoning.
I worked in a technical field (space navigation) for many years. I discovered many of my co-workers were little more than button-pushers and dial-turners. They could not explain why they got the results they obtained, only that they were the product they achieved from pushing buttons and turning dials in the prescribed manner. This often led to problems and sometimes to disasters. (Anyone remember Challenger?)
A good scientist, engineer, or doctor can always explain why behind the results through reasoning. If they cannot, if they cannot take a chain of logic which can be challenged and questioned, to the final conclusions they are presenting they are not a real scientist, engineer, or doctor. They are closer in kin to witch doctors and alchemists.
Always question the science before accepting it. Accept it only if reason tells you the conclusions are correct.Published in