“Science” is the labeling of what one feels like saying with the name science to give a conclusion credibility by association with real science through the word. The connection to science is often also established through implication by quoting whatever study or statistic feels like it supports a conclusion. Usually characterized by:
- Using a personal survey of media headlines as evidence to support a conclusion.
- Citing “a consensus of scientists” as evidence.
- Using a correlation, however weak or even just perceived, to establish a cause-effect relationship.
- Presenting a conclusion to an audience who mostly follows the same “science.”
- Use of some form of the phrase, “They say…”
- A religious adherence to a conclusion.
- A religious dependence on what “they say.”
- Accusation of the use of “science” by an opposing view.
- Adherents to the religion of “science” almost always watch some TV and / or read mainstream media.
- Reference to a well-known opposing individual or a story of a scientist who fabricated data in order to shift discussion to easier more familiar opposition.
- Grouping complex issues into “two sides” due to low-resolution thought, short attention span, and inability or unwillingness to comprehend complexity / a continuum.
- Reacting to a lack of evidence by shifting to a more extreme conclusion rather than adjusting hypothesis, level of certainty, or searching for objective evidence.
- Claims of reading “both sides” to get a “balanced view,” under the assumption that the right answer is “in the middle.”
- Misunderstanding and misapplication of the terms evidence, hypothesis, reproducible, correlation, cause-effect relationship, theory, objectively, confirmation bias, and other terms critical to disciplined science.
- Lengthy discussions between disagreeing parties, both using “science” to support opposing conclusions.
- Equating the opposition suggesting a bias with conspiracy theory.
Both science and religion have their place. Mixing the two, or using one or the other to harm other people is bad.