The Scientific Method Has a Big Problem

Febuary 11th 2021, by Ishaan Koratkar

I don’t think the scientific method works.

The reason being that if you were to run a test on the scientific method to find out if it works, you would use the scientific method to test the scientific method. The scientific method would have total control over it’s case, and we already established that we don’t think it works, so the scientific method would fight you back and prove it works and the results of our experiment would be biased.

So I propose a new method: believe whatever the hell you want and yell at anyone who believes anything different (or even proposes to test your beliefs) and call them a heretic and burn them at the stake.

I’m calling it the “poligousnewdemic belief system” I mashed up the names of the places where I found the system in use, and I think it might catch on. I was thinking to test whether it works or not, but then remembered the most important belief of the poligousnewdemic ideology: don’t ever dare test what you think, because you might just be wrong.

Despite having the letters “n”, “e”, and “w” in the name, the poligousnewdemic belief system is by no means new. It’s been in use since the dawn of man (since I burn anyone who questions what I say, I’m still going to say the dawn of man instead of “dawn of humans” or people because my opponents are ashes). Witch trials throughout history are a great example. If you think someone to be a witch, don’t bother questioning that hunch, just light 'em up.

If someone says you might be doing something that might hurt someone else, just exile them. Like in the 1840s when Ignaz Semmelweis proposed that washing your hands might lower mortality rates in childbirth, and that the current practices of gynaecology were dangerous. Semmelweis was fired for that idea. We must take the lead of doctors that tossed Semmelweis’s data and evidence away, and didn’t even bother to use simple reasoning when lives could be saved.

The next time you encounter an idea that challenges your ways or angers you, suffocate the little voice in your head saying, “well… could they be correct? We should at least run an experiment!” You might never have to leave your comfort zone again.

2021/02/11 by Ishaan Koratkar