Re: Use of science/facts in decision making
From: iggypopsa1 (iggypopsa1aol.com)
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 06:07:37 -0800 (PST)

Scientific debate can give the illusion that it is fact versus fact.  However, 
when a field is in its infancy or when there are conflicting data, a debate is 
at risk of degenerating into a purely emotional discussion where it becomes 
less about the science and more about personal motivation.  It is then where 
the strength of a community and the integrity of its people come to the 
forefront.  In such situations, can there be a recognition that many facts 
remain unknown and that there are points to be made on both sides?  Or does the 
discussion become at risk of degenerating into one where parties accuse one 
another of scientific illiteracy or innumeracy?  To me, whenever I find myself 
resorting to denigrating another person's views in a field that has much to 
still be learned, I know I need to step back, and re-focus not on the people I 
am denigrating but on the underlying uncertainties of the science.


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