fake reality and science
God gave science as a tool and a gift.
All knowledge and wisdom is hidden in Christ.
Sadly, some people worship science.
They believe in science more than God.
They think science is the source of knowledge.
But science (whatever the term “science” means) is flawed because humanity is flawed.
One Problem: Confirmation Bias
<quote from Real Faith & Reason>
We’ve looked briefly into how the world runs mainly on fake realities, or we could call them worldviews, paradigms, or filters. Total Quality Management (TQM) uses the term “paradigm” for fake-realities. It’s still a worldview, but TQM calls it a paradigm. TQM addresses this problem because paradigms limit thinkers and keep them from seeing reality as it is. This disconnect with reality hinders problem-solving and decision-making in business, which is the focus of TQM. However, worldviews get in the way of every aspect of life.
Communication theory uses the term “filters” for fake-realities. Filters add to or diminish what communicators and listeners perceive, so the filters interfere with communication. We hear each other through the constraints of our worldviews.
Now that we’ve touched on the limiting characteristics of worldviews let’s examine how worldviews affect science. Scientists have tried to deal with individual paradigms through the peer-review process; however, they’ve had problems. The peer-review process is flawed. Editors reject about half of all papers selected, so they have tremendous power for message control. They shouldn’t make biased editorial decisions, but they do. They don’t take the papers on their merit but filter based on traditions and sacred cows. They have the same problem as any other human has. Because of this closed-minded hypocrisy, scientific peer review hasn’t helped with the group-held paradigm and the politicking. Instead, blatant viewpoint discrimination, groupthink, and coercion destroy peer review. Those in power enforce this norm. Rather than open-minded inquiry, the elites of the scientific establishment censor anyone who disagrees with the sacred cows.
Therefore, instead of helping to solve the problems of bias, peer review often results in even worse confirmation bias, which intensifies the problems of discrimination and coercion in peer review. As a result, many scientists keep quiet because they’ll suffer persecution if they blow the whistle, and most scientists come into the bondage of group-held paradigms as an upshot. In this condition, they can’t accurately see real reality anymore.
This bondage among scientists is similar to the bondage among theologians. Theologians often lock into a certain theological worldview and protect their chosen worldview with a group-held paradigm and politicking. As a result, it’s not safe to express disagreement in either science or theology. Peer review among scientists or theologians doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Instead, it tends to promote error and confirmation bias. It’s no surprise that the process is corrupt since humans run it, and humans are imperfect.
Scientists experiment and observe. That’s good. Then, they filter perception and interpretation based on a shared worldview that’s enforced by peer pressure. They select only peers who agree with the shared worldview to perform the peer review farce. Of course, the peer review process reinforces the worldview using confirmation bias, which strengthens the filter. And that strengthened filter influences them when they experiment and observe. It keeps them from seeing reality as it is.
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