Monday, June 11, 2012
The Context of Our Cult
Imagine you are doing a crossword puzzle. The only way to finish the puzzle is to be honest. Often times that one correct letter along with the clue pair up for an instant visualization of the missing word. Without the correct letter nothing clicks. Likewise, the wrong letter might block an otherwise easy word. To purposely fill in a word, knowing you are probably wrong, does not make sense.
Most of us think of science and math as very complicated information that only a handful of humans will ever be able to grasp. What if we looked at science as merely an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge to help us understand the truth about our world. No matter what we are doing, we have to focus on getting it right. If we can do this we will have that clue that just might get us over the hump later on down the road. It will be that extra letter that combines with the crossword clue that makes the answer come to us. It will work like an enzyme, catalyzing our thought process.
When Dr. Iaonnidis published "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False" he was addressing the most serious issue facing modern science. The amount of bullshit in the journals has created a crossword puzzle with all of the letters filled in and they are 90% wrong. We might as well erase the letters and start anew. Unlike other ventures, science cannot function in this environment. There is no context for deviating from the truth in science. It is why we succeed.