Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

Some good insights in this short piece from another blog.

God does not believe in atheists

Angry funny guy reproaching somebody

In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings. My concern here is with the bigger picture.

I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science. But I am more and more convinced that the spirit of free inquiry is being repressed within the scientific community by fear-based conformity. Institutional science is being crippled by dogmas and taboos. Increasingly expensive research is yielding diminishing returns.

Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth. They believe that science has already solved the…

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4 thoughts on “Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

  1. So true. Science is a form of faith, and it can’t be anything else, since it is fundamentally a fitting of data to observation. There’s no ‘truth’ here, only a model that explains phenomena.

    It’s merely a tool.

  2. Pingback: Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion | larrysmusings | rudolfblog

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