- Oct 2010
Do you "believe" in the computer connected to the Internet that you are using right now to communicate with me?For one, "believing" in science, whatever that means, to begin with is merely deferring to authority in Bacon's method.
Newton and Einstein 'believed' in it because they formulated the theories themselves - an "average" person (e.x. one who doesn't read books) merely believes it because they were told so in K-12 or on TV, just as they'd have been believing in Catholicism had they been born in the day and age when the Church ran the media and education.
In other cases, such as in the case of insignificant people who work in some "scientific" industry or another, it may just be a case of industry bias, or ignorance of the outside world in general. (e.x. The average "scientist" isn't a Newton or Einstein, but just a workman with a fancy title; so deferring to them on an argument of authority is almost akin to defering to blindly a "priest").
Most arguments used, such as "most/many scientists" say or believe this" are also bad, dishonest, or dowright anti-intellectual - and show basic ignorance of what science is or how it works
(e.x. Science as an industry isn't "Survivor", where legitimate science can be "voted off the island" simply because it's unpopular, or doesn't fit someone's faith-based ideology, like Secular Humanism and its philosophies such as "caring for the planet", which predated any recent scientific notions about man-made global warming - it was a faith-based notion, just as "nature worship" is in many world religions and belief systems is, and Alarmists were pushing this belief on people based on faith in their religion or philosophy, long before any scientific data was used to confirm their faith-based notions.)