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Ten Common Misconceptions About Science

Your mission as an ethical skeptic, is to oppose agency. Ten top apothegms of agency follow.

If you approach any typical skeptic, and ask them to enlighten you as to the core principles of science, odds are that many or most of these precepts below will crop up inside the discussion. Below are my top ten favorite misconceptions about science – which are sold by social skeptics. What you will find after a couple decades of experience in debating plurality, is that these gems of a lie are most commonly spun by persons promoting some form of agency. Your task as an ethical skeptic, is to oppose agency – and allow genuine science method to do its job. No matter who is conducting it, what question they seek to address, nor the results suggested from their study.


1.  Science starts by asking a question

The process of science begins through observation, the crafting of intelligence frameworks and finally the establishment of necessity. In absence of a well framed necessity inside a schema of intelligence inside a domain of research – a question, asked prematurely will simply serve to bias the process of research or mislead researchers.

2.  The simplest explanation tends to be the correct one

The only way one would buy this apothegm, is if their entire life had been relatively simple up unto the point of first being presented it. This circumstance occurs most often inside of academia.

3.  The most rigorous form of science is a meta-study

A meta-study, in absence of risk assessment or study author engagement, and especially if it consists of merely a survey of abstracts or does not combine longitudinal studies of the same analytical species, is the most dangerous and misinforming version of scientific study. Most meta-studies are simply systematic reviews and opinion articles, being spun as high confidence meta-study.

4.  Data science

Science involves the use of data, converted into information, which is then framed into intelligence schema – but that does not mean that those who handle data, are therefore scientists, nor are they doing science. The ability to convert data into intelligence, and avoid univariate fallacy or error, is a very rare skill.

5.  Science seeks reliable information

Science seeks probative information, and then seeks to establish means to improve the reliability of incremental conjecture based upon that probative information. The seeking of only reliable information constitutes a procedural fallacy called streetlight effect.

6.  Myth of the excited scientists

The common misconception that, upon discovering groundbreaking evidence or unprecedented observations inside a ‘fringe’ subject, scientists would immediately draw close with interest and thereafter dedicate their lives to the study of that subject.

7.  Bigger science is better science

The misconception that adding more data to a study or more studies to a meta-study, will therefore increase the accuracy, salience or verity of that study. In fact, Yule-Simpson effect analysis shows that the complete opposite is often true.

8.  The conclusions of science are the propriety of scientists

The misconception that only scientists are qualified to understand, discuss or socially disposition a privation of science, and that the conclusions of scientists cannot be over-ruled by the public at large, stakeholders, nor their representatives.

9.  Science hinges upon the burden of proof

The vast majority of science hinges upon incremental Bayesian probability and induction. These forms of inference in no way constitute the same level of proof which deduction can offer. While deductive proof is nice, and a desired goal – it is seldom attained. Therefore it is misleading to claim or imply that science is based solely upon such a concept, or to burden outsiders with such a Herculean ‘proof’ task before they can be considered to be doing ‘science’.

10.  Our current scientific body of knowledge originated from science itself

The vast majority of our knowledge does not originate from formal university, corporate or government labs. Our knowledge is derived from specialty laymen, ancient practitioners, garage tinkerers, contract employees, three forms of hypothesis sponsors and hobbyists. Science simply takes possession of their discovery and work, after the fact.

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