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Should We “Stop Equating ‘Science’ With Truth”?
Quillette ^ | 11 Aug, 2017 | Heather Heying

Posted on 08/12/2017 12:48:03 PM PDT by MtnClimber

Actually: no.

In the modern world, there are ever fewer reasons to maintain the distinct roles of men and women, which evolved over millions of years. But to imagine that we are not living with that inheritance is to reject not just science, but all forms of logic and reason.

The message that liberates women is not: men and women are the same, and anyone who tells you different is oppressing you. The message that liberates women is: men and women are different. (And in fact, everyone who is intellectually honest knows this—see Geoffrey Miller’s excellent point regarding the central inconsistency in the arguments being presented by the control-left.) And not only are men and women different at a population level, but our distinct strengths and interests allow for greater possibility of emergence in collaboration, in problem-solving, and in progress, than if we work in echo chambers that look and think exactly like ourselves. Shutting down dissent is a classic authoritarian move, and will not result in less oppression. You will send the dissenters underground, and they will seek truth without you.

Evolutionary biology has been through this, over and over and over again. There are straw men. No, the co-option of science by those with a political agenda does not put the lie to the science that was co-opted. Social Darwinism is not Darwinism. You can put that one to rest. There are pseudo-scientific arguments from the left. Gould and Lewontin, back in 1979, argued, from a Marxist political motivation, that biologists are unduly biased in favor of adaptive explanations, which managed to confuse enough people for long enough that evolutionary biology largely stalled out.

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To: Louis Foxwell

Liberal reason?


Sadly, us normal folks actually think and thoughtfully consider things before passing judgement.

There is no longer any room for reason, thoughtfulness or truth. That’s not important right now.

“You’ve got to trust your instincts
and let go of regret

You’ve got to bet on yourself now Star
..cause that’s your best bet”

41 posted on 08/12/2017 4:02:38 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: MtnClimber
My attitude is that scientists...the skilled and unbiased ones...serve a useful purpose to society.For example,they've shown us rather persuasive proof of the existence of a universe that truly astounds.

But with climate,for example,their claim to be able to predict the weather 30 years from now is laughable when one considers the joke told about weather forecasters: "I just finished shoveling 6 inches of partly cloudy from my driveway".

42 posted on 08/12/2017 4:03:44 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (ObamaCare Works For Those Who Don't.)
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To: dhs12345

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” — Richard Feynman, physicist

43 posted on 08/12/2017 4:24:57 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

Technology implies some kind of tool or device that can be produced many times. Moving from science to engineering. :)

44 posted on 08/12/2017 7:28:25 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

Well, no science in engineering. That’s a relief.

45 posted on 08/12/2017 8:52:02 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Zeneta
Science has embraced the uncertainty of quantum physics

... this is a loaded statement.

Uncertainty is an integral part of the atomic theory initiated by Bohr, and brought to fruition in the 1920's and forward. In other words, it's part of our fundamental understanding of atoms, molecules and hence all of ordinary matter. It's impossible to do without it, scientifically.

So to say that science has "embraced" uncertainty gives a false impression that this was some sort of philosophical decision.

QM, including quantum uncertainty, explains at a stroke many disparate properties, starting with the periodic table, of course, and moving on to the basic theories of chemistry and solid state physics, including for example the properties of metals, then progressing to explanations of many strange and arcane experimental results ... all based on a fixed set of simple mathematical principles governing the behavior of protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Then Lo and behold, the entire realm of high energy particle physics yields to the same set of principles. All to the greater glory of God, if I may be so bold as to say so.

46 posted on 08/12/2017 10:48:14 PM PDT by dr_lew (I)
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To: Zeneta

Thanks, but I prefer you summarize rather than me wasting band width and data on u toob.

What is it you are trying to tell me?

47 posted on 08/13/2017 5:31:38 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: onedoug

Where the rubber meets the road. Science is interesting and even fascinating but when it is applied to change our lives...

48 posted on 08/13/2017 7:04:23 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Manly Warrior
What is it you are trying to tell me?

That you/we should understand what young people are actually being taught. I can't tell you anything.

49 posted on 08/15/2017 4:53:23 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta

Oh, I agree- the drivel we see our youth being “taught”.

All our kids need is how to read write and calculate- then let them alone to decide how to live, with input from non-tenured adult non family members.

50 posted on 08/15/2017 7:44:14 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of and they are allowed to vote!War")
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