Which is why I'm proposing the phrase "null acquit." A simple response you can use to an obviously ill-faith question to indicate that it has no genuine value, and you're dismissing it from any further discussion. And it rhymes with "full of shit," which is what it's really telling the idiot.
In a real "science vs. anything else" debate, each side should be restricted to using its own techniques and abilities. So science and technology get to transmit by TV, satellite, and computer networks, while Jenny McCarthy goes person to person trying to convince them biologically. But only after she returns the chunks of her own face redeveloped by advanced medical science.
Science Shouldn't Have To Worry
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The one thing science doesn't have to do is worry. It'll always win. Whether it wins with humans or a highly evolved species of dolphin is up to us. And the dolphins that work out that the sea level is still rising will be able to adapt better than those who refuse to acknowledge the changing currents. Science isn't a lifestyle choice, or a belief, or even a group of people. It's a process for figuring shit out.
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"So long, and thanks for all the planet."
You use science, or you end up burning witches. Those are the only options. Science is specifically designed to be self-checking and error-correcting. Every time a scientist is found to be lying or falsifying data, it's trumpeted as a huge scandal, while corrupt politicians are taken as wacky talk-show monologue material. The irony is that any problem in scientific results was discovered by other scientists doing science properly.
"I haven't been able to replicate your results on broomstick ignition temperatures."
The whole point of science is that it works despite 99 percent of humanity being idiots. Including the scientists. With a 1 percent margin for error. Science is how we stop fooling ourselves. Writing things down and checking them is the only thing between inventing lightning rods and sacrificing virgin cats to the pointiest mountain. We're no smarter than people piling up the Pyramids, stabbing each other with spears, or throwing shit in the streets of ancient cities. Theory, experiment, proof, and peer review are the catchment that keeps the vast wheel of human progress from rolling back downhill, crushing people under the weight of tradition, mob fear, and other backward processes.
So it's especially troubling when the scientific community has to organize campaigns to counteract the dumbassery of politicians and celebrities glancing at things like climate change research and saying, "Nuh-uh. Science is wrong and stupid." The fact that they have to worry about that at all is horrifying. But don't worry too much, Science. Some of us have your back. And when the ants dig up our ruins, your meta-structured holograms will still be around to tell any future lifeforms how to do things better.
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