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Castles of Truth

Updated on January 31, 2011

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Castles of truth

I feel like there is a general lack of understanding for what science is. Too often it seems that people think science is about making statements of TRUTH. It isn’t. It is about making statements of possibility. There are no truths, only theories that are more or less true.

You could think of science as the process of building truth, which is done through research and experimentation. A good scientist doesn’t know ahead of time whether their research will build up a theory or tear it down. Think of science as building a castle. Supporting research is like adding a stone, while research that disproves a theory is like pulling a stone down. The TRUTH of the theory doesn’t come from any single piece of research or any single stone - it comes from the castle as a whole. But that castle isn’t evidence of an absolute truth, it is only evidence of the possibility of truth. The bigger the castle the more likely the truth.

This concept is important when considering global warming and climate change science. It is unbelievable to me how many people get in front of a camera and call global warming a hoax, sham, conspiracy, etc. Even if these people were somewhat qualified to comment on the science of global warming, no one person alone has the capacity to simply dismiss the castle of truth that has been built. It isn’t a straw hut that can be huffed and puffed away in a single breath (and some of these folks can really blow). The people making these hoax claims are generally TV pundits and politicians and have no business making scientific claims. But that is the point. They aren’t making scientific claims. They aren’t trying to remove the castle, they are magicians, who are using smoke and mirrors to try and get you to believe it isn’t there.

It is important to point out that this isn’t an argument claiming that global warming is or isn’t true. It is entirely possible that the global warming castle is built with a bad foundation or with bad science or with intentional lies (or with perfectly good science that just happens to be wrong). All of that is possible. It is also irrelevant. It doesn’t change the fact that the castle is here in front of us, and if it is wrong can only be brought down by legitimate science removing it stone by stone. Those of you out there who rage against it are wasting your time. You are just smashing your head into a brick wall. Those of you out there who are intentional charlatans casting manifestations of nonexistent doubt are wasting everybody’s time.

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      bonnebartron 

      8 years ago from never one place for too long

      Interesting hub, thanks for your voice and contributions promoting free thought! Thanks!

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