Science and Belief

1024px-Kitchen-Modern-Can-Opener By Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Sometimes, it can be nice to remember that scientists are people too. That author of a cutting-edge paper about multiverse models might currently be crawling around his lounge with his one-year-old, pretending to be a tiger. That professor talking about climate change on the news segment might spend next Saturday stuck in traffic, panicking about missing a friend’s birthday. That Nobel Laureate opening a new hospital wing might consistently struggle getting his tin opener to work properly.

Understanding all this can help to open our eyes a little to what real science actually looks like. Take these two possibilities, for instance:

Hypothesis One: Science is a steady, rational, and reliable process which homes in on right answers with laser-guided precision. It isn’t held back by the likes of emotionalism, prejudice, or wishful thinking because it has a cast-iron method which has…

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