We do not say that science has all the answers, or that all scientists are superior or better than nonscientists.

We also don’t say that anyone who comes up with a ‘way-out’ or bizarre idea must necessarily be wrong.

 

 

 

But we do argue that before we believe something new or unusual to be true, we should be sure that the evidence and the research methods are reliable (Scientific method) and before we believe that unusual events must be supernatural, we should first be sure that no natural explanations are available.

If faced with two explanations we should choose the simpler. (Occam's Razor)

If we can genuinely rule out all natural explanations, then of course we must consider paranormal ones. But just because science cannot explain something now, this should not be taken as an invitation to plunge headlong into the mystical and paranormal.

Perhaps, as our knowledge and research methods improve, we might one day be able to explain at least some of today’s mysteries.

We should have the courage to throw out a pet theory (or at least to modify it) if it turns out that the evidence or the facts do not fit. In other words do not ignore the inconvenient facts or try to twist or force the facts to fit the theory - a very easy mistake.

Pseudo-scientists tend to hang on to their pet theories regardless  

SCIENCE is characterised
by a culture of doubt

 

PSEUDOSCIENCE by a
culture of certainty

Resist the temptation to remember only the hits while ignoring the misses. And watch out for pseudo-scientists masquerading as scientists!  
And remember to bear in mind the words of the old comedian, WC Fields:
‘Never give a sucker an even break’!
 
     
Science comes into almost every part of our lives. What we eat and drink, the kind of bikes we ride, the electronic games we play, medicines, the internet and so on.
   

Some knowledge of science is also essential for an understanding of moral issues such as stem cell research, genetic modification, euthanasia, abortion, contraception and many others.

During this century scientific discoveries will change our world, possibly out of all recognition. In the words of science writer Diane Swanson ‘you probably can’t even imagine what your life will be like in just 50 years from today. No-one can. That’s a call for you to be ready - to be better informed about science than people have ever been before.’ (1)

We should not be discouraged by the huge problems facing our poor beleaguered planet - pollution and global warming, war, natural disasters, famine and disease, to name a few. The discoveries of science, we hope, will eventually give us the tools to help solve or at least alleviate some of these problems.

But as the useful discoveries increase, so do the weak and phoney studies, the crackpot claims and the sensational media reports.

   

It’s up to all of us to separate the wheat from the chaff, and also to try to ensure that scientific knowledge is used for the benefit of the world and not for destructive purposes.