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    science had certainty. Others were wishy washy
    Science doesn't have certainty. Religion often has certainty. (If you mean that to be any absolute form of certainty.)

    Science has justifications within a certain context. Sometimes those justifications are extraordinarily good. None are absolute, however.

    The consensus climate change ideas are sufficiently likely to be true that it would be foolish not to act on them. They aren't certain.

    Some anti-scientific thinkers who argue about ways of knowing will argue that the whole of the "scientific method" and empiricism is an exercise in question-begging. I don't agree with them in the slightest bit, but at least some of them are arguing in good faith. They would say that if we define our terms regarding knowledge in certain ways, then it is tautological that empiricism and the scientific method are optimal ways of achieving knowledge.

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:43:37 AM PST

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