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insaneintheblain t1_iylffby wrote


Sawses t1_iyli2rg wrote

There are only so many hours in the day. Most people have too many other responsibilities to be able to think scientifically about everything.

I'm trained as a scientist and understand the nature of science better than most. I don't use a scientific mindset for everything, because that requires a great deal of thought, data collection, and background investigation.

I'll let experts in economics or geopolitics or computer science dictate my reality in areas of expertise. Not because I can't just figure it out for myself, but because that will take hundreds of hours to even get to a point where I can begin to have an educated opinion.


insaneintheblain t1_iylm1di wrote

Having a scientific mindset doesn’t mean a person has to think about everything - it means a person can choose which things they wish to think about.


SilverMedal4Life t1_iym00gr wrote

I wish to think about how we ought to be able to trust experts rather than having to constantly guess peoples' motives.


insaneintheblain t1_iym0xeb wrote

It's just a matter of developing one's own discernment

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” - Richard Feynman


m-in t1_iym3vc0 wrote

It’s not only about thinking. It’s also about access to information. A lot of science is behind paywalls. Not everyone is a student or lives close to a campus to get access to papers “for free”. I go to campus biweekly just to download IEEE papers I need. Had I had to buy those at list price, it’d have been hundreds of dollars each month. I graduated almost 2 decades ago.


insaneintheblain t1_iymd3vo wrote

Information is everywhere - the ability to parse it constructively is rare in individuals

“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.” ― Jean Baudrillard


m-in t1_iyncrjk wrote

I agree. Reading papers with understanding is real work, at least in disciplines I’m interested in (engineering-related mostly).