From Jeffrey Guhin at Slate:
First, experts usually don’t know nearly as much as they think they do. Experts often get it wrong, thanks to their inherently irrational brains that, through overconfidence, bubbles of like-minded thinkers, or just wanting to believe their vision of the world can be true, mislead us and misinterpret information. Rationality is subjective. All humans experience such biases; the real problem is when we forget that scientists and experts are human too—that they approach evidence and reasoned deliberation with the same prior commitments and unspoken assumptions as anyone else. Scientists: They’re just like us.More.
Well, rule by science doesn’t really mean anything, any more than rule by ecology or religion would. What are the specifics?
Does ecology mean protecting our water supply or rodent rights? Does religion mean Buddhism or ISIS. Scientism was invented by people with too much time and money on their hands.
See also: Move to Rationalia and these will be our neighbours.
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