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I agree that we have to believe in science in order to believe the scientists (in their field). That's what I meant when I said "What makes us trust them is the specific culture and methods of the scientific community (openness, peer review, debate, reproducibility)". I could have added scientific myths, heroes and medals...

But I beg to differ: I think there is a difference between the religious belief/creed and the rational belief/trust. The difference lies in the revocability of trust and the radical doubt that is at the heart of the scientific culture (and which you practise with incomparable virtuosity...). The religious belief/creed in science leads to scientism, as Migeru says somewhere in this thread.


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 05:04:59 AM EST
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