CHAPTER 12

What Makes Science Special

I’d like to wrap up this lecture with a final comment on the bigger question that motivated this topic in the first place. The question was whether there’s a way of defending the superiority of science as a source of knowledge about the world, without resorting to a mythic view of how science works.

I think the answer is “yes,” but it’s a qualified “yes.” I think it’s clear that if we didn’t follow these scientific protocols, our knowledge of the world would be less reliable than it is, and it’s clear why this is so when you think of these protocols as methods for neutralizing the effects of cognitive biases.

As you read the rest of this section, whenever you see the word “science,” remember that marketing ...

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