On truth in science

  • ‘Absolute truth’ is never provable, and likely out of our reach
  • The ability of our brains to properly process and understand the core ideas of a lot of science is a key limiting factor
  • I’m painfully aware that I’ve done a horrible job of referencing this post that’s about accuracy in communication. I also really need to move on from this post and work on other things.
  • A couple of issues strike me about the adult education/communication approach. First, that we often try to teach adults in terms of issues that they’re emotionally charged about, which means that they might not be very receptive to listen. Secondly, a lot of attempts to do this fall prey to the echo-chamber effect — basically educating the people who already agree with your point of view (this blog post is a wonderful example of that).
  • There’s a 3rd issue that can lead to a mistrust in science, which is that the science itself can be wrong. This is a pretty great exploration of simple statistical errors (and their possible causes) in the field of psychology.

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Paul Sztajer

Paul Sztajer

Interactive artist, inspired by science and education

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