When Science Gets It Wrong

As we move forward in our push to ever greater heights of scientific achievement, it is easy to assume that what we are told is the truth and that we can count on the people who are coming up with all the new theories and developments that make our lives better. We trust that they are putting in an objective effort to find some new truth to be discovered, and we rarely question their integrity. So much of our modern world is made possible because of the honest efforts of many people who simply wanted to figure out something new.

However, the strange reality is that science has become something of a religion over the past couple of centuries. Because the information gained through years of research takes nearly as many years to truly understand, we rarely look into the findings of the scientific community to verify that their conclusions are correct. It simply isn’t possible for any one person to know everything, so we have to place our faith in the hope that people are doing the right thing.

COVID-19 has now shown us that this can lead to some pretty dangerous consequences. Despite the claims of highly regarded scientist in important positions around the world, it turns out after all that the virus was created in a laboratory in China and escaped into the population, leading to the infection of people across the globe and a massive disruption to the lives of nearly every person on the planet.

That human beings lie is no secret. We are all guilty of it in one form or another. The scary part of it is that we have become so trusting of the scientific community that it never seems to occur to us that they might have ulterior motives for claiming what they do. They do so much to help us with many things in our lives, so why would we doubt them?

The sad part of all this is that the people create things like the coronavirus conspiracy make it harder for the rest of us to believe anything that might be more legitimate. People wonder why many of us don’t believe in global warming when “the science is in”, but this belies the fact that there is plenty of scientific evidence out there that directly contradicts the claims of the eco-nuts. We just can’t trust the “facts”.

Science is a search for an objective truth and the results of pure scientific research are objective fact with no room for argument. This is something that is not only logical but also intuitive. There is nothing wrong with believing in scientific theory because when it is done right, we are getting pure, unadulterated truth. The problem is people who find something to gain from claiming to have completed scientific processes who slant their information for personal gain.

It would be nice to be able to place our full faith and confidence in our scientific community, but like everything else it is full of human beings with critical flaws that corrupt almost invariably corrupt the final result with their own fallibility. Be it from mistakes made during the scientific method, or simply lies told at the end because they need the result to look a certain way, we can never blindly trust anyone who claims to have a scientific fact. At least not until we rule out every possible way they could gain from a lie.

What do you think about science? Can we trust what we’re told, or do we have reasons to doubt? Has there been a time when you believed what the scientific community has told us only to find out it was a lie? We base our modern lives on what comes out of this highly technical and confusing field, but sometimes the walls come crashing down. What else don’t we know?

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