How to fix the mistakes that celebrity scientists and charismatic doctors make


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The facts don’t speak for themselves. Someone always speaks for them.

I have just recently seen the "facts’ murdered in that precise manner.


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“Science always deals (with) the problem. The truth wins.”

Really?

I can think of some vexing problems that science has not dealt with, how does one assert that this is a strictly temporary condition?

I think that statement is a variation on the appeal to novelty. If newer is better, and science is newest, then science must win.

Chronological snobbery is not an argument, its a bias you assume your readership must share.


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No. It’s true that some new things like fashion and music are just new for the sake of being new and often aren’t better than what’s come before, but science isn’t like that – it really is true that we have a better model of how things work than before in all fields of science. And we can measure this concretely in terms of actual predictions. I think part of the problem with the public seeing science as fickle and changing willy-nilly is that a lot of science news reporting is on new unverified findings like cold fusion and such and when these fail to be replicated, people interpret this as failures of science rather than science just working like it should. And what are these “vexing problems that science has not dealt with”?


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