Nature’s Henry Gee goes ballistic on false certainties in science

Science: the religion that must not be questioned


"One thing that never gets emphasised enough in science, or in schools, or anywhere else, is that no matter how fancy schmancy your statistical technique, the output is always a probability level (a P-value), the “significance” of which is left for you to judge – based on nothing more concrete or substantive than a feeling, based on the imponderables of personal or shared experience. Statistics, and therefore science, can only advise on probability – they cannot determine The Truth. And Truth, with a capital T, is forever just beyond one’s grasp."


Thank goodness someone finally admitted it. 


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Comments (3)

  1. SEC

    Yes indeed, celebrate the brave soul who dare to speak to the faith that is science.

    March 02, 2014
    1. EZWAYZ

      talk about scratched off the guest list

      March 03, 2014
      1. SEC


        March 03, 2014