Another home run from Atul Gawande, a surgeon and author of Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.
“…The other important thing is to expose the bad science tactics that are being used to mislead people. Bad science has a pattern, and helping people recognize the pattern arms them to come to more scientific beliefs themselves. Having a scientific understanding of the world is fundamentally about how you judge which information to trust.”
The Mistrust of Science – The New Yorker
If this place has done its job-and I suspect it has-you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. It is a commitment to a systematic way of thinking, an allegiance to a way of building knowledge and explaining the universe through testing and factual observation.