Science. Oh, science.
October 17, 2009
Recently I am getting more and more involved with science, I read “The Logic of Scientific Discovery” by Popper, “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Black Swan” by Taleb and “The structure of scientific revolutions” by Kuhn. Ah, I follow the blog “Science Based Medicine”. As I try to get their points I am sure about one thing:
Science is NOT intuitive and our brain is not really fit for it. We have to think hard and with humbleness for getting how it works.
Popper propose the following: we cannot know, we can only test. Taleb stresses that even if we test we should not trust our interpretation of the test, because tha brain is hard-coded for believing in the test rather then being skeptycal about it. The blog “Science Based Medicine” try to explain these points to not-scientifically-trained people who want to use medicine.
Kuhn explore how science changes all over the years.
Know what? The blog “Science Based Medicine” is doing a really hard job, almost impossible, I really respect their courage to attack other people and repeat over and over again their point.
You can see when something is NOT science: it is proposed/invented by a single person (see omeopathy) and not by a community, it highly involves the media (see cold fusion), difficult to assess its results (see acupuncture)
Still I have a non-scientific personal opinion, whatever it happens please do not cease to hope: