Scientific Proof?

Science is good for learning things not previously known and, by extension through technology, it is good for solving problems. Science also raises questions( functioning as a heuristic) in ways that further increase the likelihood of success in such matters.

Some view science as an “algorithm”: a formula that is certain to yield new knowledge. Some believe science will eventually solve our most pressing problems. The former is a reality based assessment of the powers of science. The latter is merely a fervent hope based upon faith. It is therefore a religious belief.

But, what is to be done when science is corrupted by individual bias, political or economic forces and obscure more than it clarifies? The traditional answer has always been:

  1. defer conclusions and make no recommendations
  2. call for more research

This protocol works well with questions about esoteric phenomena. But what if the phenomena is of a social nature and it is an emergent matter life and death? What if the questions involve elective cultural practice changes that might, at least theoretically, seriously weaken or improve the viability of a culture in the next 20 years or so?

What now should be the standards of proof?

In the 21st century, this is now the question before us. (Added on 4/11/23)


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