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When the scientific method becomes a psuedo-religion by way of the culture war --

"Believe in Science!", "Science is Real!" on rainbow-flag-adorned yard signs are the liberal version of "Jesus Saves!" highway billboards

-- the actual process & content of scientific inquiry becomes irrelevant just like the content of the Bible became irrelevant.

How the bible was taught & framed was the decision of the clergy. Likewise, I don't read review journals or subscribe to Nature.

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It's not always a bad impulse. Obviously anthropogenic climate change is a foregone conclusion. That is "Real!" and if people don't think it is "Real!" they're simply wrong.

But I also remember that mask wearing was "Not Science!" until sometime mid-last-March, until the time at which it became "Science, Real!" at the end of March.

Were major faults found in earlier studies done on the control of respiratory droplets? I have no idea, actually.

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But what I ~think~ I saw happen is this:

The institutions that control the science made an executive decision to not recommend mask wearing. They didn't have anything to go on (and they later admitted this, saying it was justified because "Science is iterative!"), but because they are the Gatekeepers of the Academy (of medicine, in this specific example), their opinions gained the legitimacy of actual scientific consensus, despite none actually existing.

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The scientific method is not a good way of obtaining knowledge because the people who do it are Ph.D.s and therefore smart good people with good opinions who "know what they're talking about".

It is a good way of obtaining knowledge because it is iterative, open, & because reproducibility is the final word. At least, that's what I was taught in school.

I don't know if I had an actual point to make, but I think I'll stop talking now

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@reflectivedragon Yeah, it does seem that all this "believe science" has more to do with giving authority to a set of humans rather than to a process.

"Believe us! We're more credible than those guys!"

All about the American desire to worship paternal heroes in the end.

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