What is scientific thinking?


At the end of the article “How to read a scientific COVID-19 document” the writer had tried to illustrate how scientific thinking differs from “normal” faith and conspiracy belief. In the meantime, there has been an addition, which is important to clarify the specific methodology and way of thinking of science even better:

Science is when I suspect that there is a beer in the fridge, I look it up and form an opinion based on the result. To be sure that I am not mistaken, I ask my harshest critic to also look and tell me what he sees. My sharpest critic is best someone who would like to have me admitted to a psychiatric ward. Only when he confirms to see a beer as well, I will assume that there might be a beer in the fridge, but I will still express the caveat that we might have been mistaken. Therefore, further checks are needed. Not until an overwhelming majority of researchers also see a beer, we are talking about science assuming that the statement that there is a beer in the fridge is sufficiently – but never definitely – proven.

Faith is when I suspect that there is a beer in the fridge and I don’t think it is necessary to look. Some religious communities would also interpret looking up as a weakness of faith.

Conspiracy belief is when I am convinced, without looking, that Bill Gates has put a beer in the fridge, my wife looks up and reports that there is no beer at all and I am then convinced that Bill Gates has already implanted a chip in her to use 5G to control her perception and thoughts to make her believe that there is a beer in the fridge.

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