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Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:02:29 GMT

Paul Wagner
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:08:21 GMT

The misunderstanding of science as a grab bag of conclusions and answers rather than a framework to explore questions is a tragic and widespread belief these days. This idea transects so many areas of life. Hope to hear more from you on this topic. It's super important and seldom discussed.

Marc Wagner
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:23:37 GMT

Thanks Paul. We need a philosophy of science again; not just a philosophy of technology and control. The idea that there's an app for everything, a pill for every ill, a plug for every flub, has got to be re-balanced with the idea that there is a PROCESSS for everything, a PHILOSOPHY for everything, and an ATTITUDE for everything. As Maria Popova puts it, we need to re-master "the vital balance of openness and skepticism" that once defined science and made it great. https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/05/23/carl-sagan-the-burden-of-skepticism/. What we have right now is a lot of self-serving skeptics, masquerading as scientists, who aren't open enough to be persuaded by anything that might thwart business as usual, or challenge their assumptions, or imperil the reputation of their favorite "experts". (i.e. chemical cartels who strike a pose of "scientific" skepticism about the harmfulness of their products whenever there is alternative data suggesting harm). Curiosity is dead. It has been replaced by "scientific" brinkmanship.

Marc Wagner
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:30:48 GMT

This just in: Big Science is Broken http://theweek.com/articles/618141/big-science-broken