The Ironic Truth: It’s the Left Who is Anti-Science

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Science.

It’s virtually a universally used term, and most people have their own conceptions about what it means, encompasses, and represents.

The dictionary defines it this way:

“a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws”

systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation”

As these definitions show, it is an extremely broad term that does not carry much weight on its own.

Like the terms “sports” or “religion,” the lack of specificity inherent to the term “science” means that little can be truly said by merely using the word itself.

Apart from making observations that cannot be refuted in earnest, these terms are of little use.

“Sports involve athletic activity”

“Religion is a particular set of values adhered to by its followers”

What form of activity, or which sets of values being alluded to varies substantially depending on the specific iteration of a given sport or religion.

The wide array of vastly different ideas that these terms encompass highlights the uselessness of the terms themselves, at least in terms of debate and discourse.

Yet, if you listen to “debates” over issues such as climate change- another vague term that carries little weight on its own when taken at face value- you are certain to hear the term “science” used repeatedly as if it were a case-closing argument in and of itself.

This alone signals a fundamental misunderstanding about what science entails.