Another self-referential piece from New Yorker:
Science is not a major or a career. It is a commitment to a systematic way of thinking, an allegiance to a way of building knowledge and explaining the universe through testing and factual observation. The thing is, that isn’t a normal way of thinking. It is unnatural and counterintuitive. It has to be learned. Scientific explanation stands in contrast to the wisdom of divinity and experience and common sense. Common sense once told us that the sun moves across the sky and that being out in the cold produced colds. But a scientific mind recognized that these intuitions were only hypotheses. They had to be tested. (Atul Gawande)
Science is a normal way of thinking. Not the only one, just one of the more successful ones. When it is in conflict with divinity (?), wisdom, or common sense, it is usually wrong.
Not always, to be sure. But one can’t make a career out of lucky counterintuitive guesses.
See also: Peer review: New Yorker asks, Is the field of psychology biased against conservatives? Apparently, the New Yorker was the last to know. Is it one of Condé Nast’s charities?
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