People who criticize scientists for not having “all the answers” never seem to grasp that the people that DO have all the answers are making shit up.

People who criticize scientists for not having “all the answers” never seem to grasp that the people that DO have all the answers are making shit up.

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38 thoughts on “People who criticize scientists for not having “all the answers” never seem to grasp that the people that DO have all the answers are making shit up.

  1. My personal favourite is, “Science is always changing its mind! One day I should drink Guinness for my blood, the next you’re telling me alcohol is bad for me! I can’t keep up!”

    Its like correcting your errors is a *bad* thing.

  2. But the thing is that they don’t want answers, they just want their erroneous beliefs validated.

  3. It’s pleasantly surprising how intelligent so many people are at trivia knowledge, history, traits, skills and practices.

    But it’s funny seeing science become polarized by self absorbed people who studied “political science” or obsessive ideologues.

  4. No one has all the answers… Scientists tend to be the first to say that they don’t know an answer. It feels more like, “the less you know, the more you think you know everything” (I’m sure that’s a quote form someone smart).

  5. Most people that criticize us in that way don’t seem to understand the scientific process. Each study has its limitations, and interpretations can vary, so hypotheses will inevitably need to be be reevaluated. Nothing is set in stone. When we finally get enough evidence to support a hypothesis, and if there are plenty of other solid publications that support it, we can feel confident that we have solved a tiny piece of a never ending puzzle. It is a pet peeve of mine when someone talks about someone “finding the cure for cancer” as if all cancers are the same. They have no idea how complicated these processes are and how hard we work (up to 100 hrs per week when I was in grad school) just to understand it a little better

  6. “The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”

    Terry Pratchett

  7. Same applies to people who criticize scientists for changing their beliefs over time. People SHOULD change their beliefs when presented with new information that contradicts the original belief, yet few do. We should applaud scientists for doing so.

  8. Yeah, gets kind of annoying to have people I know complain about things like “well why are they only just now telling us the vaccine ~~prevents reinfection?!~~ prevents you from spreading the virus?!” And even if I try to explain that it’s a process and scientists don’t make statements like that until they’re nigh positive of it, they get angry about it.

    You have to imagine those same people would pitch a fit if hasty claims were made before they were fully evidence backed and they turned out to be untrue.

  9. ‘I don’t know’ is a completely standard answer that comes from people who have background in having to solve hard problems and achieve actual outcomes.

  10. Far, far too many people in both major American political parties think they had all the answers this year.

  11. Science gives you workable models which then can be falsifiable. I don’t believe it to be useless. I don’t believe it to be wrong. I believe it is the beauty of science that conclusions can be changed. For example, we believed the universe was like a clockwork mathematical. Time and space were assumed to be fixed. and based on Newtonian mechanics you could say there is going to be that trajectory on this particular day and it is going to be there and it was there. Then Einstein came along and he showed although newton and his theory worked for 200 years they turned out to be not true in the absolute sense. And he showed general relativity and the background assumptions which were based upon the Newtonian model were actually according to newton false. Time and space were relative. gravity was not a pulling force but it was a pushing force due to space time curvature

    It’s the beauty of science that its conclusions can change. There is nothing wrong with that.

    That is the way it is supposed to work.

  12. I think people just greatly overestimate how much we actually know about the world. Anyone who has ever studied science in depth will have a pretty good understanding of the vast quantities of knowledge we don’t currently have access to. Everything we *think* we know is just probabilities, anyways. Scientific “fact” is kind of a myth in that sense- every scientific theory is technically speaking falsifiable.

  13. I think something people need to understand is that some things are simply unanswerable. The human mind does have a limit unfortunately which is why we need computers for calculating, theorizing, proving, and even then we need to figure out and understand things before we can tell computers what and how to do things.

  14. Isn’t there a saying that “the thing wrong with the world is that the wise are full of doubts and the fools are always sure of themselves ” or something along those lines?

  15. “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.”

    -Donald Rumsfeld

  16. Science isn’t about having the answers. In fact, it’s best done when you start with “I don’t know shit”. Then you find out through serious human observation.

    Science isn’t some belief system or voodoo, it’s just simply collective human observation. It’s not perfect and is always improved upon. That’s it

  17. There’s a podcast for kids called “The Big Fib”, formerly called “Pants on Fire” where there is one expert on a subject and one liar. The contestant (a kid) has to guess which one is telling the truth by asking them questions about the subject. Often they pick wrong because they pick the person who never said “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know.” They think the expert should know all the answers. When we listen, I always point out to my son that the liar never has to say they don’t know, because they can always just make something up.

  18. These “skeptics” question all these journals and research but not those Twitter images that are getting spread around.

  19. “But science can’t tell us WHY. Only religion can.”

    Or… you know… maybe “why” is a bullshit question with no objective answer.

  20. Stupid people literally can’t conceive how stupid they themselves are.

    And the reason they can’t is because they are too stupid.

    They are too stupid to know how stupid they are.

  21. Scientists don’t have answers, they have questions. They just also tend to be the ones working to answer those questions.

  22. Scientist: I don’t know, would you like to join me ? We might find the answer together and make the world a bit better ?

    People: You’re a fake, some “scientist” you are.

    Religious priest: I’m sorry for sodomizing boys, God gave me trials and I didn’t pass, forgive me my lord! I want to be better.

    People: This man’s faith is truth, forgive him oh lord!

  23. “I don’t know”, is the foundation of science and the antithesis of dogma.
    Actively acknowledging and exploring the nature of missing knowledge is a learning experience in itself.
    Additionally when a scientist says “I don’t know”, often the truth is that they know more on the topic that you would believe but intellectual honesty and scientific integrity dictate that they cannot say “I know”.

    In science, “I don’t know isn’t a failure”, it’s a defining part of the process.

  24. I had someone tell me once that she believed in the bible and not in science, because science kept changing, but the bible was always the same.

    It staggered me, and I had no idea of how to respond.

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