We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Science is not about finding the truth at all, but about finding better ways of being wrong. The best scientific theory is not the one that reveals the truth — that is impossible. It is the one that explains what we already know about the world in the simplest way possible, and that makes useful predictions about the future. When I accepted that I would always be wrong, and that my favourite theories are inevitably destined to be replaced by other, better, theories — that is when I really knew that I wanted to be a scientist.
Read the utterly innocuous but useful piece. How the idea of debating scientific theories could be "high risk" is beyond me. Or maybe the very phrase "free speech" triggers people. If so, I feel depressed.
A few of related things:
1. There is a truth that cannon be known, only approximated
2. A corollary: That which you know is necessarily not the ultimate truth
3. All knowlege is subject to falsification, even (especially?) your own experience
4. Since the ultimate truth is unknowable, no single authority can be claimed as the source of truth, whether you call that source God and scripture or Marx and dialectical materialism or even Foucault and critical theory.
Progressivism is fundamentally (word chosen deliberately) anti-scientific, because it does not allow for the possibility that its own defining postulates are wrong.
another guy named Dan
I can see why it is high risk. They know the answer is going to go against what they want.
If they thought the science was on their side they would club you with it. You have to read between the lines here.
Assistant Village Idiot