Many writers, politicians and other people claim that their views are scientifically based. But what is Science and how to differentiate sense from nonsense?
The website Brainpickings.org just published two very good articles about that. As these issues are very important for the topics of my websites Viktor Leberecht.com and my german Website Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-Sie.de (engl: polygamy is good for you), I present them to you here shortly.
The article What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions gathers lots of inspiring quotes from various great scientists and includes useful links. The article emphasizes especially that our knowledge is never perfect, and we should always be careful when we are presented with completely finished ideologies that claim to explain everything. Whoever of you now thinks of religions and political ideologies is on the right track.
Politics and societies of course need values, which will often be based on convictions like “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”, but nonetheless our actions should be based on evidence as far as possible. The article ends with the conclusion “Science, then, necessitates a certain comfort with being wrong, a tolerance for the fear of failure — perhaps cultivating that capacity is an essential prerequisite not only for science but also for the basic appreciation of science.” 1
As a proper accompanying article comes The Baloney Detection Kit with ten simple rules by the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Skeptic Magazine editor Michael Shermer. You may watch the video right here, or by following this link : http://youtu.be/hJmRbSX8Rqo
Notice: This article is translated and some contents might have been added or left out to better meet the needs of an international audience from an original article on one of my german websites Viktor-Leberecht.de or Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-sie.de (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: December 30, 2012 at 17:07 pm © Viktor Leberecht All rights reserved. Please feel free to share my content, but on republishing this post please provide a link to the original post, which happens automatically when you use Social-Sharing-Services. What do you think? Leave a comment here or send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.
- quoted as of december 30th 2012: What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions ↩