Tim Dean, Philosopher at the University of New South Wales, Australia argues the power of scientific research, using the example of how medical research into the causes of disease has dramatically improved our life expectancy:
Why research matters
As Tim concludes: "If we value fact over falsehood then we should constantly remind ourselves of the dangers of certainty and the poverty of intuition. We should remind ourselves that our belief in something should be held with a conviction proportional only to the evidence we have in support of it.
And if we haven’t undertaken the rigours of research ourselves to uncover that evidence, then we should place greater credence on the words of those who have.
Certainty is seductive, wishful thinking is alluring and anecdote can be compelling. But they are also symptoms of a disease for which rigorous research is the only cure.
(I liked the reference to Tim Minchin's "What do you call alternative medicine that works? You call it Medicine." in the first comment!)
Photo: Superb Blue Wren. These tiny, but beautiful birds are very hard to photograph because they are so active.