What limits science?

Let’s take a look at this video.  What does this say about the way that science is practiced?  What should we keep in mind as we listen to what science is doing? What about the potential to go down the wrong road over a period of time?

Now read this article.  Here are some questions to consider as you read through the article.

  1. Why do you think this article was so hard to publish?
  2. Have you heard any of the claim that 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed? Is this a problem with science or with society?
  3. Think about the fact that so many medical claims are refuted in the context of the video that you saw, in what ways are they saying the same things, in what way are they saying different things?
  4. Have you ever thought of bias as problem in science? How do we normally perceive science?
  5. Are some of the problems listed in here unique to medical science?

Lastly take a look at this article.  Do you feel that we do enough of teaching students (and anybody for that matter) to decipher bad science? Why or why not?

One thought on “What limits science?

  1. Science itself is a way of knowing based on ideas, imagination, experiments, trials, errors, analysis and finally a solid conclusion. This lays down the foundation for the scientific method. With the help of technologies, scientific innovations and experiments scientists are able to obtain knowledge to explain the questions like what causes a certain disease. Once this knowledge is obtained then scientific theories can be developed and then further tested to make sure it correct. However, we should keep in mind that science is continuously a work in progress. New ideas and theories are always being developed while the older ones are continuously proved to be wrong. It is extremely easy to “go down the wrong road” because it is human nature to reach quick conclusions without full proofing the current conclusion.

    I think that scientific articles are so hard to publish due to potential controversial discussions that might occur. When it comes to published medical information being flawed, I believe that the science and society are guilty of diminishing the “right” medical information. Science is always changing and consequently so is the information. However, even though we live in the 21st century, society is still not completely comfortable with the new scientific theories developed because they tend to clash with political, cultural or religious views. Therefore, the government and certain classes of people pressure to not allow scientists to not publish this information so the rest of the world is not aware of the truth. These problems are unique to medical science because of the societal controversies that arise. One of the most common examples of this comes from stem cell research. It is hard to drawn the line between ethics and scientific development because for sciences to progress into the future, certain morals and ethics must be overcome for the benefit of society. On the other hand, due to pressures from the government, the scientific theories become biased. As a result, people will be forced to believe whatever they are told because they have no other sources. This is why it is important for people to know how to decipher bad science so they can decide for themselves what is relevant.

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