Why Real Science isn’t Determined by “Consensus.”

“Consensus” isn’t part of the Scientific Method.

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  1. In Mr. Darwin’s day, the “consensus” was that flies arose from decaying meat . . “spontaneously” (for just one example) . . and it seems to me the Siants (sounds like science ; ) high priests never quite accepted the notion that they were really and truly being silly to think such a thing could spontaneously form . . ; )

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  2. The principle of science is definitely not built on consensus. It is built on constant experimentation and questioning the status quo.

    However, consensus does come into the picture to advance the fields. If there was still no consensus about Earth being round, then would we be where are today?

    So I believe that once there is irrefutable proof for a concept, a consensus must be reached by the larger scientific community.

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    1. “If there was still no consensus about Earth being round, then would we be where are today?”

      Well, apparently some people believe it’s not round, Saurab . . I’m not harmed by that, and teaching young people why it being round makes sense, rather than telling them “There is a scientific consensus that it’s round” would seem to be a wise choice . . I mean, if we want folks to be able to think carefully and logically and such . .
      I’ve actually tried to explain some reasons I convinced the world is round(ish ; ) a few times to people on the internet, and apparently had some success, but just telling them there’s a consensus seems kinda . . well, inconsiderate and short sighted. Arguments from authority can undermine people’s ability to think for themselves, I feel, and to acceptance of intolerant insistence that all believe/conform, ifr the “authorities” act like such arguments are truly “valid”, I fear.

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      1. Okay, I see your point.

        You want young people to make their own choice by giving the reasons for your arguement.

        That would require the entire education’s system to be revolutionised! (And about time too).

        There are certainly pros to your approach; a lot of people who enter university after school do not know how to evaluate and think (me included).

        This could both speed up and slow down the process of science. Speed up by giving people the ability to think and formulate for themselves, and they will be able to grasp things faster. But slow down because there would be even greater resistance and friction that today.

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      2. Saurab, Hmm . . “This could both speed up and slow down the process of science. Speed up by giving people the ability to think and formulate for themselves, and they will be able to grasp things faster. But slow down because there would be even greater resistance and friction that today.”

        There’s nothing “resisting” the process, scientifically speaking, of the CAGW theory (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming) it’s been extremely well funded and promoted . . The “resistance and friction” are with regard to allowing our society, civilization really, to be effectively commandeered by people advocating for the supposed “climate crisis” to be treated as absolute truth, on a political level.
        In this case, it’s the skeptical scrutiny of the theory that has met with “resistance and friction” aplenty, which IS the slowing down of “process of science”, since that’s how science proceeds . . the political (take over of our society, really) has elbowed out the “scientific process” essentially, and the “argument from authority” (consensus in this case) stuff is being treated as “valid”, with the (often handy) excuse of “This is an emergency!! . . if the theory is correct. So screw the “process of science”, we’re all gonna die!! ; )

        I WANT this “process” to be slowed down, and for more and more people to think it through carefully and logically, ’cause I have a fondness for non-authoritarian governance . . I’m an American after all, ya know? ; )

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