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September 30, 2014

Real science doesn’t make you feel smart. Fake science does.

No matter how smart you think you are, real science will make you feel stupid far more often than it will make you feel smart.
Real science not only tells us how much more we don’t know than we know, a state of affairs that will continue for all of human history, but it tells us how fragile the knowledge that we have gained is, how prone we are to making childish mistakes and allowing our biases to think for us. Science is a rigorous way of making fewer mistakes. It’s not very useful to people who already know everything. Science is for stupid people who know how much they don’t know.
Sultan Knish: Science is for Stupid People

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 30, 2014 8:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This goes under the category of "things I wish I'd written." Very well stated and accurate. The "I f'in love science" crowd doesn't love SCIENCE, they love scientific-sounding support for their worldview and sciencey-seeming things that bash their ideological enemies.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2014 9:19 AM

I believe it was Asimov (I might be wrong) that said scientific discovery didn't come with a shout of "Eureka" but with"That's funny?"

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2014 3:41 PM

Kinda like the "that's funny" moment when enough of the lab rat population LOOKS UP at the geoengineered spraying that fills our skies daily with toxins. What they are doing is no urban legend. Cough-hack-ahem. geoengineeringwatch.org. for your next REAL SCIENCE class.Don't be tardy.

Posted by: JoeDaddy [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2014 3:15 AM

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