02 February 2007

The Scientific Method in an Idiocracy

We all know how the scientific method is supposed to work--when it is not being manipulated by tautological ideologies such as creationism or climate change.

Unfortunately, most journalists, social scientists, school teachers, and members of the public do not know how it is supposed to work. That means your children will never learn how a disinterested system of epistemology should work. Worse, they will never suspect that that is something they should have been taught. They will live their lives believing that political correctness is the most important thing in life.

Unless they are lucky. Because if they are lucky, political correctness will be knocked on its can, and ideological diversity--the only kind of diversity that matters in schools and universities--will be restored to systems of learning and education. Then perhaps science has a ghost of a chance to rise above politics and help us to find the next level.

The Idiocracy will be happy to serve us our future, if we persist in political correctness.

Graphic comes courtesy of JohnA at Climate Audit blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? You mean if I just feel deeply enough about something scientific that doesn't make it true? ;-)

Friday, 02 February, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

Feeling deeply about things is what makes us human. Science is something humans are not well evolved for. The same for logic, statistics, and other abstracted forms of rationality. We just have to do the best we can.

Feelings only approximate truth in a very rough manner. A lot of people obsess about particular issues or persons, and get blindsided by a reality far more important and immediate than their obsession.

Saturday, 03 February, 2007  

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