Thought on the Myth of Scientific Self-Correction

It is a modern myth that science is “self-correcting” or that science is in any way an unusually “correcting” discipline, for the fact of the matter is that an erroneous  scientific result does not magically correct itself, and thus if the result is never checked by actual human beings, it shall never correct itself; and yet if human beings check the result of a scientific experiment, they are doing nothing more or greater than what an accountant does when he checks a peer’s work, or a mathematician when he checks someone else’s equation, or a philosopher who checks an argument’s logic, or any other such domain, and so science is in no way either self-correcting or special in the way that it does correct itself….and so this modern scientific myth should die the death it deserves.

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One thought on “Thought on the Myth of Scientific Self-Correction

  1. Except it’s not a myth.
    Science is not a magical thing. It is a human process, so the peer review process is exactly that: human. The purpose is to come at the problem with furious scepticism: question the questions being asked, methods used, data gathered and conclusions reached.
    If, after all that, it’s still (albeit imperfectly) standing other scientists then go out and do similar experiments probing similar questions to see if they get consistent answers. It is evidence led.

    This level of scrutiny and ability to appeal to something other than pure human judgement (i.e. the actual evidence) sets it aside from philosophy. The breadth of the questions it addressed sets it aside from maths.

    Theology and apologetics aren’t even in the same field.

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