The upcoming March for Science—check with your nearest purple-haired activist for directions and times—is to no one’s surprise turning out to be one of those standard-issue paroxysms of “outrage”, grief, and angst directed against…well, this time against those who are against science.
Which is a group comprised of exactly no one.
Since there is no opposition to science, protesting against those who are against science ensures the March will be a success. Nothing burns as brightly as a Straw Man.
Some in the march realize that the event has become just another political event, and are suggesting politicians try to maintain a low profile. You may as well ask fish to eschew water.
President Donald Trump is said not to love science with sufficient ardor. And by that marchers mean they believe Trump is disinclined to spend money on favored projects.
Can you see the flaw in this argument? The heat of vaporization of tungsten is 774-thousand Joules per mole; therefore, rape is morally wrong.
The number is correct. But nothing about morals or ethics flows from any scientific statement. Ever. Philosophy and religion precede science. Science cannot even say why 2 + 2 = 4 (though it can use that fact). The belief that science can answer philosophical questions is called scientism, the fallacy that science provides the answer to life, the universe and everything.
Science tells us facts and makes predictions. For example, science tells us this fact: a man pretending to be a woman is a man. But it is a question of morals and not science whether it is right or wrong for the government to insist we act as if this man is a woman.
It’s hard not to escape the sensation that many marchers feel (not think) Science is some kind of mysterious being. And that Science isn’t happy with the state of the world. It must be appeased. It must be supplicated. It must be worshiped. “Hail Science!” “Raise your hand if you believe in Science!”
If we do not pay sufficient attention to this magnificent entity, it might turn against us and refuse to reveal more of itself to us.
Celebrity scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, “The good thing about Science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
Pure scidolatry, that.
Science isn’t true, nor is it false. It is a collection of facts and predictions, some of which are true or good, and some false or bad. Tyson is substituting Science in for God, or suggesting that because a scientist says a thing, that thing is therefore true. Which is obviously false.
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