aboutmaleprivilege:

sonofbaldwin:

Well, what about when the entire scientific community said that homosexuality was a mental illness; women were, by the nature of their sex and gender, hysterical; and black people were intellectually inferior to white people?  Were we supposed to believe it then simply because it was the prevailing science of the time?

That’s not to say that I don’t believe that Catastrophic Climate Change (CCC) isn’t a real thing; it is. And I’m not saying that we should be abandoning scientific inquiry in favor of religious dogma; we shouldn’t. Science is, at least, open to correction, revision, and argument. I’m just pointing this out because I think it’s very dangerous to turn off our critical thinking EVEN WHEN the thing we’re looking at critically is science.

In other words, let’s not get too comfortable with the idea that because something is being worked out in the realm of science, it is, therefore, unquestionable. Because THAT is the OPPOSITE of science. AND the opposite of common sense.

Always ask to see the data. Always pay attention to who’s providing the data and why. Always pay attention to which scientists are consenting and which are dissenting and why. And be very, very wary of science that offers blanket scientific conclusions about entire populations.

Reblogged for brilliant commentary.

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