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A 40-Year-Old Warning on How Humanity’s
'Unbound Confidence' in Science
Can Undermine Reason—and Lead
to Collectivism

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Posted By: GustoGrabber, 8/25/2021 10:31:38 PM

“The Science says.” The phrase has become one of the most popular mottos in the popular discourse of our day. Science—with hard facts and without fallacies or errors—has become a knockout argument for any policy discussion. When Science says something, we should immediately end our debate—regardless of whether the point of discussion is the coronavirus, climate change, or some other economic policy. The Science has spoken

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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney 8/25/2021 10:46:13 PM (No. 892975)
I read somewhere that they bury 250,000 medical mistakes every year. Amazing that a politician can prescribe what is good for you, but your doctor has to send you out for tests for 6 months, then can only say he didn't see anything.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 8/25/2021 11:20:56 PM (No. 892999)
I have studied science for my entire life, starting in grade school, and finishing up my official studies in grad school. And then I started studying MORE. In the last ten years of my employment, I put together and managed research science projects in four former soviet states, and visited about three dozen of their highest scientific research instututes, seeking viable research project topics. I managed about six projects per year for that time period....and put together many more that never got funded. In all of that I was exposed to a LOT of science, much of it biosciences, lots of physics, chemistry and more. And all of that time, I have had to beware of the charlatans who pretend to be scientists and are really just scammers. The politicians are the worst of the lot, perverting science for political ends. And in the last 20+ years or more, the funding has been warping science, defunding politically unpopular actual science in favor of politically useful FAKE science. The once fabulous magazine of science Scientific American which I subscribed to for decades, is now just another political tool, shilling for fake science, leftist totalitarianism. I know science, and huge swaths of what is being sold for science today is NOT. Dr. Fraud is a perfect example. 80% of what he says are pure lies, the rest are tidbits of science fact use as to bait his traps of fraud and lies.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: dickiedeeb 8/26/2021 2:32:37 AM (No. 893093)
The Science is politics and propaganda from Minitrue what science actually is is called evidence based science its been that for years now
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Reply 4 - Posted by: F15 Gork 8/26/2021 7:18:20 AM (No. 893171)
Garbage in, garbage out.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Otis Gill 8/26/2021 7:41:15 AM (No. 893197)
There is true science, which is open minded and amenable to new data and information, and then there is Nazi science, which is rigid and must be blindly accepted - state-controlled science that no one is permitted to question. or else.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog 8/26/2021 7:55:33 AM (No. 893210)
It wasn't so long ago that "Science says" the universe was in a "steady state" and had been here for eternity. Yes, that was what the Wizards of Science told us to think, along with 'Spontaneous Generation' of life, and other fallacies. In medicine it was thought that the best way to cure an illness was through "bleeding" the patient. Who needs all that extra blood anyway? Today, Medical Science finds it less messy to instead "bleed" taxpayers through Federal Research Grants, etc. Reasonable people mustn't accept all that 'science' today propounds, since most of it is marketing propaganda designed to increase project funding.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JimJr 8/26/2021 8:54:49 AM (No. 893258)
Recall that the French revolution was to show the world how a "scientific" country works better. They came up with the metric system, where everything is based on 10, and the "Committee of Public Safety", which was based on the guillotine.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: petrichor 8/26/2021 9:04:49 AM (No. 893269)
Reading DVC's response (Reply 2) I concur with his view on the Scientific American magazine. That's worth a second look. It was once a fabulous magazine and is now just more political fodder. How did that happen? Was the entire staff replaced? Is this just the new face of hard science? Will the next special September issue be on the "wonders" of gender?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bluefindad 8/26/2021 9:08:24 AM (No. 893274)
Good article. Science has become a religion, complete with followers and scientists have become its high priests. We are like the natives on an island. The volcano is threatening to erupt and destroy us all, so we turn to the high priests who declare we have been bad and must be inoculated with magic juice to satisfy the volcano god and stop driving our cars and cooling our homes to ward off the wrath of the storm god. The tribal chief grunts in deference and pays the priest under the table, ordering his warriors to make the people comply.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: joew9 8/26/2021 9:14:05 AM (No. 893281)
Stalin and Lenin used Darwin's theory to justify Communism. At that time Darwin's theory was new and often misinterpreted to justify lots of things in the name of "science". I've read that Wilson progressives used it as did Margret Sanger and Hitler.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: joew9 8/26/2021 9:17:11 AM (No. 893283)
I was a long time subscriber to Scientific American until about 1995 when I threw the magazine down in disgust at a brazenly political article. Many more followed in subsequent issues and by the time my subscription ran out I was just moving it directly from mailbox to trashcan.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mean Gene 8/26/2021 10:01:39 AM (No. 893347)
Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek made clear, this supremacy of scientific inquiry is not only misguided, but is in fact also a perversion of what science’s actual purpose is. It is science gone off the rails. Yup. I remember reading MD and writer Michael Crichton's essay about why consensus in science is NOT science. See: Aliens Cause Global Warming. When we hear "Follow The Science," what they mean is "agree with me or I will call you a terrorist."
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MickTurn 8/26/2021 11:11:34 AM (No. 893440)
We have very little 'REAL SCIENCE' today. Most of the 'Science' is JUNK and is nothing but Leftist Idiot PhD's (Piled Higher and Deeper) putting on their knee pads begging for the next Grant Handout. My Solution is to cut off ALL Grants to any University that has Commies as Professors...that's step 1...further steps are to shut down all Leftist organizations including the supposed Press.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: columba 8/26/2021 11:24:45 AM (No. 893461)
The headline is logical. Science can tell us what but cannot tell us why. Science can tell us what but cannot tell us any use of the scientific "fact". Thus, human thought and decision are the logical guardians of science.
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