IF I SEEK US
The Human Condition
A Look Ahead for USA
"Certain matters are banished from the field of scientific research and
refused the right of making themselves known. Important facts may be
completely ignored. Our mind has a natural tendency to reject the
things that do not fit into the frame of the scientific or philosophical
beliefs of our time. After all, scientists are only men. They
are saturated with the prejudices of their environment and of their epoch.
They willingly believe that facts that cannot be explained by current theory
do not exist."
- Alexis Carrel, Man, the Unknown (Harper 1935). Quoted by I.
Velikovsky at Brown University, March 15, 1965.
or the lack thereof
Cosmology and origin of the universe
Geology and Geophysical history
Ethics and Values
Aesthetics and Art
Politics and Government
Dating methodology and validity
Energy that powers the universe
"Legitimate research requires relentless
skepticism, a humility about conclusions, and a willingness to examine
preconceived assumptions. Science isn't a scroll of revealed knowledge, or a
discrete body of approved facts. It's a process by which we can gradually,
incrementally understand how the world works.
A brilliant 2016 essay by William Wilson in First Things catalogs just how wrong much of what we think we know can turn out to be. Wilson cites a 2015 study by the Open Science Collection that did something never before attempted: researchers re-created one hundred peer-reviewed psychology studies in the field's three most prestigious journals to see whether their results could be replicated. The findings were grim: 65% of studies failed to replicate. Of those that did many had far less conclusive results when they were re-created.
Psychology is a soft science at best, pseudoscience at worst, so Wilson pushed deeper. How did the hard sciences hold up to scrutiny?
Not well. Pharmaceutical companies now assume that about half of all academic biomedical research is false Wilson cites one experiment in which scientists at the drug company Bayer attempted to replicate 67 drug discovery studies that had appeared in top journals like Science and Nature. Bayer's scientists were unable to replicate the published results three quarters of the time." - Tucker Carlson, Ship of Fools, Free Press, New York, page 233
Is there anything of importance or that matters that is not included the list above? Hardly! We largely live in our own cocoon in our own culture ignoring this predicament, and try to ameliorate the absurdity of this situation by celebrating the benign aspects our diversity where and when we can.