Expellamis Ebolis Scientia! The use of the word “Science” as an incantation to silence different opinions

In Harry Potter world, people with recessive mutations in the Magic gene can point a stick, enunciate some pseudo-Latin and make cool stuff happen.

In Science world, one must observe reality closely, formulate reasonable hypotheses and then test them with carefully designed experiments. A scientist must then make his results and conclusions public so that they can be scrutinized by other scientists. Quite a chore compared to Harry Potter world. But that’s the way it is.

Lately, I’ve noticed that politicians have been using the word science as a sort of magical incantation with which to silence those who disagree with them. They provide no data or even simple logic. They just say “the Science shows”. This is a perversion of the scientific method. And it is time for real scientists to call bullshit on this tactic.

More to come.

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2 responses to “Expellamis Ebolis Scientia! The use of the word “Science” as an incantation to silence different opinions

  1. LOL… Calling “bullshit” isn’t scientific. The scientific method requires refraining from ambiguous discussions of emotional motives and intent in favor of measuring quantifiable fact, replicable through experimentation.

  2. monotreme1000

    You must go to boring meetings, Invisible Mikey. I’ve seen prominent scientists “call bullshit” on Nobel Prize winners when they strayed from the scientific method. No emotion in Science? Where have you been?

    References coming. Wait a bit.

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