Sunday, 16 May 2010


Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

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