Week 13 Question – Jade Hanson

November 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

After reading Why Psychologists Must Change The Way They Analyze Their Data:The Case of Psi , it is evident that in order to convince the scientific community of a theory against scientific norms, a lot of effort is required.

Do you think that it is a good thing that scientists are so hesitant to believe in new theories or is this impeding science in a sense that important scientific discoveries are not receiving enough recognition?

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  1. Jade, you bring up an excellent observation and question. I believe that important scientific knowledge is being fundamentally ignored and dismissed without receiving the attention it needs within the scientific community because it goes against the current scientific norms. In science, religion cannot be true because it is not built upon today’s standards of testable evidence. This is clearly ridiculous because the fact that something cannot be tested certainly does not make it inherently wrong, let alone unworthy of study. If a religion is the truth, then science, which is supposed to discover the truth, is therefore prevented from ever finding the truth by its very nature. Likewise, theories that are ignored or dismissed because they go against scientific norms are treated the same. These norms of science actually limit science from discovering anything that is outside of our own understanding.

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