It can insulate people from it.
The Wall Street Journal article by John Horgan that reviews Darwin follower Jerry Coyne’s latest is behind some paywall. But we hear from a reliable source that it says, among other things:
Mr. Coyne repeatedly reminds us that science, unlike religion, promotes self-criticism. but he is remarkably lacking in this virtue himself.
The popularity of multiverse theories, a hypothetical corollary of several highly speculative physics theories, merely shows how desperate scientists are for answers. Multiverse enthusiasts seem to think that the existence of an infinite number of universes will make ours appear less mysterious. The problem is none of these other universes can be observed, which is why skeptics liken multiverse theories to untestable religious beliefs.”
Wow. Reviewer Horgan is playing our song. Truth is, he helped write it.
He has this weird obsession with evidence. Maybe there is a cure for that—and we will all be forced to hork it down.
Also, as I (O’Leary for News) said earlier, what is with this stupid claim that science, in particular, promotes self-criticism? As opposed to what? Business? Try going five quarters in a row without sales, and see what happens.
Business is self-correcting too (market discipline). So is religion (reformations and revivals, for example). In fact, all human endeavours that succeed for any length of time must be self-correcting.
Otherwise, they just explode/implode.
So why are we still listening to nonsense about science, typically promoted by science promo hacks? (Horgan does not appear to be one of those.)
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