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Cognitive Biases and the Authority of Science [Video]

If you have the time and attention span, help yourself to this excellent 28 minute YouTube video from Critical Thinker Academy. It makes a strong case about the importance of science in society.

While science isn’t perfect and doesn’t necessarily encompass “truth”, it’s certainly is a special way of gathering knowledge. For proof, I could give examples of the success of science, but this is even better: a logical argument! Kevin deLaplante (the creator of the video) writes:

“I argue that, once we understand how cognitive biases lead us into error, and how scientific methods are designed precisely to neutralize these errors, then we have a compelling argument for accepting the authority of science (especially on matters where there’s a consensus among the relevant experts in the scientific community). The discussion ranges widely, from seeing faces in tree trunks, to hearing hidden messages in Britney Spears songs, to the vaccine-autism debate!”

Watch and learn!

Thanks to my friend Israel Halperin for sharing this with me.


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