Friday, September 16, 2016

Recommended Reading

I just need everyone to read this. Twice.

The Myth Of Scientific Objectivity

Okay not everyone has to read this because I'm sure many of you are already aware of this. But this is the thing that I need all the faux-intellectual dudes who come to me acting like they know anything at all about science to read. Over and over. Until they get it.

In a lecture given at a Nobel Laureates’ meeting in 2004, Josephson rallied against “science by consensus . . . anything goes among the physics community—cosmic wormholes, time travel, just so long as it keeps its distance from anything mystical or New Age-ish.” He points to the theory of continental drift—proposed by Alfred Wegener in 1912—which was long maligned and ridiculed; it has, of course, long since been accepted, but more than 20 years after his death. 
Josephson points to this story as a stark reminder that the course of human history is not governed by objective truth of any kind, especially in the history of science; the truth is always shifting. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince discuss this phenomenon vis a vis paranormal discoveries in their book The Forbidden Universe, which contends that “the view of the universe emerging from the latest scientific discoveries, particularly of quantum physics and cosmology, can be seen to vindicate the ancient Hermetic belief in an evolving, living, conscious universe.”

Okay? If you utter "scientific fact" in an attempt to argue against social justice concepts, know that my opinion of you has gone right down the drain. Prepare to be mocked.

I honestly ran out of patience for these types of fake intellectual men who misuse both scientific and philosophical language in order to try and tell me that my lived experiences don't matter and I should just shut up and stop trying to change things because it's making them uncomfortable and scared. Both science and philosophy should challenge your very notion of truth. They're supposed to make you question "what is truth" and "what is fact." And anybody actually versed in either will lose their respect for you if you try and act like you know what truth is or that you're objective.

No comments: