Sunday, 25 November 2012
Peeking through keyholes
A weakness in Science
In 2010 it was known that There were 1,740,330 species on Earth. In 2011 it was made known that there are 8.7 million species on Earth. That's science! Yesterday we knew something - but today that something is wrong and we need to understand a new something that cancels out what we thought we knew. Not knowing what we know is unsettling.
In truth thinking people will know that the number of species on Earth are not 8.7 million - but something other. And maybe many species are going extinct. Scientific knowledge is always known today and different tomorrow.
And yet we allow science to guide us with almost religious faith.
Technology that doesn't challenge what we do or how we think is easy to accept.
But the constant stream of silly medical science that gets dished up by the Media is a problem whether it's about coffee and heart attacks, wine and breast cancer, the danger of third hand smoke or that an hour's TV shortens your life by 22 minutes. TWENTY TWO MINUTES - not 20, or 40 - 22 exactly! Most people are exposed to that kind of science - no wonder it simply becomes a laugh.
Science has now become so vast in all it's disciplines, scientists themselves have too much information. Are we confident about knowing anything much at all? Every scientist is peeking through a keyhole in the door of his own discipline and has little idea of another keyhole in another field exposing a different view.