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Hey, Arslan! Thanks so much for responding! No need to argue. Science is a belief system and always has been. The neuroscience that is now emerging is reminding us of that by giving us a more realistic view of the human. We are creatures of belief. Sam’s thesis is an excellent example of that. A series of prejudices have crept into the tribe known as the Scientific Establishment and they are now consistent enough across the scientific establishment that the internal mechanisms of accountability have broken down. Scientists aren’t calling scientists out properly anymore. Just look at the replication crisis in psychology or the mess of a field like nutrition or the amount of neuroscience and psychology that goes unapplied in education partly because scientists aren’t even aware of their own prejudices. There’s no shame in that. We’re all only human. And if science is made up of humans then what could it be but a belief system? Humans believe. But we can test our beliefs and by challenging each other we can evolve better beliefs. That’s all I want. I want science to return to its roots and reconnect with its own principles. That’s happening. Atul Gawande isn’t the only one who is rethinking what science is. In fact, most of the scientists on the show I’m part of (Mixed Mental Arts) would probably agree with this. Dacher Keltner even talked about approaching science with a Christian sensibility. The intellectual groundwork is being laid for a Second Scientific Revolution and the core is the humility that Dacher Keltner practices and that experimental mind that Atul Gawande talks about. What is Atul Gawande experimenting with? How well his beliefs fit the facts! ‘Cause science is a belief system ;)

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