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Monday, September 20, 2010

Peer What?

Usually when someone is trying to debate religion or creationism with you, they have no way to back up their arguments. It is in my opinion that these people generally are not even worth the time to debate such things with. Chances are they are not an expert in an even remotely related field (experts tend to be able to provide actual evidence) but more of an "armchair scientist" who says they enjoy "intelligent conversation" but usually just end up stubbornly refusing to see past their own views. These are not the type of people I care to refer to in this post, it honestly makes no difference what they think on the particular issue.

Every once in awhile you stumble upon someone who can actually provide some kind of "evidence" for what they believe. This is intriguing because at first you think, "maybe I will learn something new". More often than not however, they end up referring to an article from a church's website that was written up by the Pastor with no science education past the High School level, or a book written by some hack with a phony "doctorate" from a diploma mill bible beating "college" (See: no science education past the High School level). What these cretins do not seem to realize is that just because something is published, does not automatically make it valid or even substantial in any way.

At this point you may want to (attempt to) educate this person on the process and importance of peer reviewed scientific evidence and conclusions. One scientist working alone in his lab can come to any conclusion he wishes, to suit his own needs, but science does not work that way! Science is a collective of all the evidence which we know to be true because it is universally tested with the same results no matter what. Disproving a well known scientific theory by getting a different result as everyone else can be more of a scientific breakthrough than discovering something completely new! Emphasize the importance of peer review and how it works exactly, and you may end up leaving the other party a bit more informed and more skeptical of so-called "evidence" they are given.

21 comments:

tjc said...

Interesting read!

Allan! said...

As far as I'm concerned, we can only trust what we can find out by ourselves, if that. We've got nothing else, and relying on ancient fairy tales seemed dumb to me even from an early age.

niceonice said...

i agree with allan

BLUERAD said...

Well put, interesting post, thought provoking. Looking forward to hear more

Anonymous College Student said...

Science! Seriously though this is the Age of Reason. I wish religion would disappear.

Souf said...

Interesting read.

Hotsaucer said...

Stephen Hawking said "You can't prove God doesn't exist, but science makes God unnecessary."

tommy said...

interesting blog dude
supporting

The State of Human Intelligence said...

great post, bro!

Thomas said...

Eh, while Allan has a point he's wrong.

iceonnice said...

Its nice to see someone who knows what academic integrity is.

Randy Weezner said...

so true in all aspects

Swift Love said...

awesome post!

Daytona Jones said...

Allan! put it best.

~Andrew Wilson said...

Awesome post lol :D

Daytona Jones said...

Very cool read. Thanks for that.

Daytona Jones said...

its not just you I feel that was often as well

StarWarsMadness said...

Keep up the good work!
May The FORCE be with you!

Hitman said...

interesting..

la com├ędie said...

nice post

Lemmiwinks said...

Great post!

looking forward to reading the next one