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Anti Science friends and trying to enlighten them. (possibly funny)

  1. Jan 10, 2013 #1
    Anti Science "friends" and trying to enlighten them. (possibly funny)

    I know its pointless to even argue with people like this (even more pointless when its on Facebook), but do you guys ever give in and try to school people like this? Sadly a few of my friends decided to stop their education after high school (and it shows), any one else ever have friend that post stuff like this?



    " big bang THEORY is unworthy of even being called (unknown) Its true that new heavier atoms form only after supernova explosions but to assume that there was some "time" when there wasn't some kind of atom is silly. Particles aren't the basic fabric of reality as you think Ynx, its consciousness."



    "Quantum Physics will go on and on and on about particles.
    The Large Hadron Collider will also claim to discover new particles. They fail to realize that counting subatomic "quantum particles" is like trying to count all the stars in the universe. They're never going to do it and they're on an endless hopeless journey. Counting "quantum particles" is counting to infinity.Chasing effect after effect will never lead them in understanding the One Cause."

    ""In physics we have what we call The Standard Model but the Standard Model is not a complete model of the universe - it does not account for gravity or how particles that have no mass can have a mass when they come into physical manifestation in the 3rd Dimension"

    It's 2012 and Quantum Physics still can't figure out gravity.

    ROFLMAO
    The Light is the equilibrium of zero where all knowledge, all presence and all power lays.
    There.

    I just explained in one paragraph what quantum physics could not explain in centuries of convoluted mathematical theoretical equations.

    Occam Razor that.
    The truth should never be complicated.

    The truth of all things is always simple and will always be in all things.
    The truth can be understood by two little children playing on a see saw.

    Anyone else have friends that fell to the evils of anti science? Is there is like some kind of anti science and education movement?
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2013 #2

    WannabeNewton

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    You should try and help those who are ignorant by environment, circumstance, and lack of exposure but it is very hard to help those who are ignorant by will. I personally don't have friends like that nor family members but I have ran into people with such mindsets. I'm not sure when the whole "anti - science" thing became big, in the US at least, but if I watch sensationalist media then I can at least get a hint of the impetus.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2013 #3
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    How? Always ask how? If a person makes a concrete, universal statement as your friends, then they must explain their reasoning concretely and by facts of reality that supports their viewpoint. Otherwise you have to disregard them as a dying breed.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2013 #4

    Borek

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    Bolding mine.

    Optimist.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2013 #5
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    There's a quote that has aided me on many occasions when I realize I'm debating one of these people, and that is:

    "Don't argue with idiots, because they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience".

    If you nevertheless feel the need to at least make a counter statement, then I like pointing out that the reason we know science is correct is because we've proved it by comparing our thoughts to the real world and they fit. Simple evidence of this is all technology around us, which would be impossible without correct knowledge. Remember, scientist/engineers invented our current advanced technology, priests did not...

    I would recommend leaving it at making general remarks like that and not going in to any details of what has and has not been said and done, because you really can't win this.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2013 #6
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    It's a tough battle.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2013 #7

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    It's difficult because you're not just dealing with ignorance but misinformation that they seem to arrogantly cling onto. I'd start really basic, don't try o wad in by trying to explain why their specific point is wrong but instead start by explaining what the scientific method is and work up from there.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2013 #8
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    Friend of mine has some wacky ideas. Very wacky ideas. Horrifically uninformed ones too. Won't go into details as he's a fellow physics student and may be among us! Long story short, he's studying at uni specifically in order to somehow gain the ability to prove his pet theories. Dealing with people can never be an exact science. I rib his ideas, but he ribs me on being an atheist/being weird. Neither of us take offense. But some people hold their crazy ideas very close to their hearts and it's best to steer well clear.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2013 #9
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    That's not a good idea since the people you're trying to explain wont have the patience to hear it all and get proper demonstration to understand it. I would say it will take days just to make them understand scientific method. Now, if you really have the tenacity to nag them for days, they wont take it easily and be angry upon you. They wont like it neither would you. So best thing is ignore them.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2013 #10

    Ryan_m_b

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    He did stress they were his friends and you're over exaggerating how long it would take. I've had similar discussions over the course of hours that have been quite productive. Even if it can't be done in one sitting if the OP is regularly interacting with these people their understanding can build up over time.

    Ultimately it's down to personal choice as to whether or not its worth the effort but if the OP is keen to do something and not just ignore it then I stand by taking it back to basics as a means to address the huge gulf of understanding. The major advantage is that if some of it gets across and be crazy idea can be explained because of it then there's a much easier job explaining the next one. It's much easier to debunk perpetual motion after homeopathy if first you explain the method by which we know the to be wrong rather than going "ok so that covered some chemistry and biology, lets go on to thermodynamics"
     
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  12. Jan 11, 2013 #11

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    Even with Ryan's approach it is a tough fight with limited returns. With the anti-science folks in my cohort it is virtually impossible. Not that they cannot learn, they just do not want to spend the cpu time on it. Which is probably the way they were 50 years ago. And - why they now believe all kinds of improbable stuff.

    Their sound bite approach to learning sucks, IMO.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2013 #12

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    Oh. Does anyone recall the thread we had on why a scientists' use of words like 'theory' and 'believe' cause miscommunication with non-science types?

    i.e., in common usage 'I have a theory' means: 'I just came up with a lame, half-baked explanation'. As opposed to the Theory of Evolution.
     
  14. Jan 11, 2013 #13
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    They should call it hypothesis, predictions for which proof had not been obtained yet.
     
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  15. Jan 11, 2013 #14

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    I usually focus on how the person is processing their information. Not everyone has taken a logic course and I often find that they are drawing conclusions that aren't very logical.

    I have seen people reach this conclusion more times than I can count.

    If A then B
    If B then C
    therefore If C then A
     
  16. Jan 11, 2013 #15

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    You could point out the flaws in the thinking behind 'scientists overcomplicate things'. Somebody on another forum I used to frequent pointed out the flaw in the "my own theory is better" type thinking with an analogy. All these mixed-martial-artists and their hours and years of training. It's such bull****. All they're doing is reinforcing their preconceptions of how to fight. My lack of training means I'm not stuck with all their dogma - I'll beat them all easily. All I got to do is kick 'em between the legs.

    Not going to happen, is it? So why would you believe it when you substitute science terms for unarmed combat ones? Do you really think no-one has tried the simple ideas? We abandoned them for a reason.

    Someone here posted a YouTube link to Feynman talking about scientific method. He says the same thing with a safe-cracking analogy. People write to him saying 'have you tried 10-20-30?' Feynman says that he always has, except when he knows it's a five-digit combination.
     
  17. Jan 11, 2013 #16
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    I wouldn't recommend those kind of general remarks because you stand a good chance of getting your metaphorical feet whipped out from under you.

    We don't know that "science is correct", we believe that we have a set of reasonably consistent models, grouped under the not entirely clear heading of "science", that provide us with a good-enough-for-many-purposes predictive and explanatory explanation of the universe we observe around us. A brief examination of the history of "science", however, will show that these models have, at times, been subject to quite marked changes in paradigm. It is important to remember that these prior hypotheses were often based on observational evidence coupled to the collection of philosophical thought that existed at the time; for example, the earth-centric, circular planetary orbit models were good enough up to the point where observation and model parted company, then epicyclic models were introduced, then sun-centric circular orbits, then sun-centric elliptical orbits and the transition into Newtonian gravity and General Relativity - all very significant changes in terms of their predictive and philosophical impact. Given this history of change (and the fact that there are still many unanswered questions about the nature of gravity and other aspects of the universe), saying "science is correct" is a step beyond that which is warranted by the evidence.

    Another thing you might like to note is that despite claims to the contrary there are still a number of scientists (practicing or former) who are religious and a subset of those who are priests - the vicar of my local church is an ex-research physicist, the young vicar designate of another local church has a PhD in astrophysics and one of my air force friends is a Presbyterian lay clergyman and has a PhD in physics. Furthermore, you will find a very large cohort of non-religious people who are also quite ignorant about science and mathematics; I've seen some anti-religious arguments propounded by individuals that make Creationist magazines look like peer-reviewed CERN publications (talking of Creationism, according to Wikipedia one prominent Australian creationist, John Harnett, is a Research Professor at the University of Western Australia, works on the development of ultra-stable cryocooled sapphire oscillators and participates on a Sapphire Clock Ensemble project (Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space Mission) run by European Space Agency.)

    Personally, I'd recommend being honest about what science does and does not give adequate explanations for and why. Eg, the Big Bang Theory is not an assumption as Lyx's friend claims - it is a model that is supported by observational evidence and seems to provide the best concensus fit to that evidence from amongst the other models "we" have considered - I say concensus because some scientists do work on other models (eg quasi steady state). You'd have a harder time countering "Particles aren't the basic fabric of reality" - some might claim that fields are more basic to the thing we call reality. In arguing about consciousness, however, you might also have to concede that there is NO existing physical theory of what consciousness is. Lots of hand-waving, but nothing that stands up to even basic scrutiny (I'd be delighted to be proven wrong about the 'nothing' bit).
     
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  18. Jan 11, 2013 #17
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    So people aren't really logical, or we only reason to a certain extent? Are we more illogical than logical (generalization)?
     
  19. Jan 11, 2013 #18
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    Analyze each person individually, and find what will get through to them. It's different for most people, and if you find a way to get into their very core, their very essence of how they view and interact with the world, you can hopefully endlessly exploit it until they no longer have some of the most decadent, pitiful mindsets that could possibly exist.

    Good luck.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2013 #19

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    That wouldn't be my conclusion.
     
  21. Jan 11, 2013 #20
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    I would agree. Logic is very hard to argue with; that would be one of the primary tools in my hand-bag of idiocy-removal.
     
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