Originally Posted by Jubelum
The Scientific Pedestal is just the latest in the long line of sacred soapboxes that are, at present time, enjoying an aggressive defense when challenged.
Huh? How is science, which is a field of knowledge, being challenged by anything. The last I checked, the scientific method is one of the few intellectual movements that has remained remarkably unchanged for millenia.... but don't let facts get in the way of your brain's whatever it is your brain does...
The scientific method, in a vacuum, is a pretty strong tool in understanding and making sense of the world. It's when you add those pesky, fallible people to the mix that suspicion and agenda can enter.
In a vacuum... heh. Unfortunately, science requires evidence, and evidence doesn't appear in a vacuum. So... while you might wish to associate science (and I am using it broadly here to apply to any and all evidence based intellectual output) with the loose criticism of all other fields of human thought as being within a vacuum, it is not.
Fellows is correct in that, in the absence of other dogma, science can take on aspects of religion, including dogma.
um. what? science isn't about beliefs. It is a field of evidence based knowledge. There is NO dogma NEEDED unlike religion... Now it is true that certain individual scientists will take an aspect of science as dogma, this isn't the same thing as claiming that science can take on dogmatic aspects...
Do most people believe in Global Warming? Yep.
Do most people believe in Evolution? Yep.
Is the world coming to a screeching halt because some people don't buy either or both? No.
Are you ever correct?
Do most scientists think that there is the necessary evidence for the phenomena global warming? Yes
Do most people believe in Global Warming? Probably not.
Do most scientists think that there is the necessary evidence for natural selection, and thus Evolution? Yes.
Do most people believe in Evolution? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Is the world coming to a screeching halt? No.
Is a resounding defense of the scientific method NECESSARY to prevent humanity slipping into a long, dark, cold ignorance? Absofuckinglutely...