Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Science Changes Its Mind

Scientists make mistakes. Lots of them.

Which is how we know that it’s possible to travel faster than light (if you slow it down enough). That wine actually isn’t good for you (sorry). And that atoms aren’t the smallest thing in the universe (we cut a few open once and all kinds of nasty stuff came out).

So if scientists are wrong so often, why should we trust them?

Because they always include us in the debate. Every statement or hypothesis a scientist makes is based on observations that you can verify too.

Don’t agree with the latest conclusion of a science journal? Replicate the experiment and see for yourself what happens.

Did you get the same result? Then it may contain a grain of truth. Still skeptical? Ask a bunch of people if they can successfully replicate the experiment.

The more times a scientific experiment leads to the same results, the more weight the hypothesis behind the experiment gets.

That’s why a single outlier isn’t enough to debunk a hypothesis that’s been successfully replicated thousands of times over. Rather than the hypothesis being wrong, it’s more likely that someone botched the experiment.

In short: scientists don’t tell people what to think, scientists give people the tools to find the truth.

So there’s no need to trust the scientific community. In fact, they’d rather you didn’t. Because that motivates you to disagree and see for yourself.

Don’t trust, look at the data and think for yourself. Maybe you’ll change your mind.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach