Let’s Avoid Learning from our Mistakes

A mistake on Twitter (see last post) is an unpleasant lesson for one person — or a possibly amusing lesson for however many people read the story.  We all learn by making mistakes; it’s the normal human way of doing things, but of course some mistakes are worse than others.  Climate change, for example, is not something we want to learn by doing.  Much better it would be to know how the climate works — and use that information to help us make the smallest possible mistakes that will cause harm to the least number of people.  Science can help with that sort of question when it involves factual data.

Science is the study of facts, using the scientific method.  We do know a great deal about how things work.  But it seems to take at least ten years of science “knowing” before the problem becomes so obvious that ordinary people (by that I mean politicians) are willing to believe it.  I’m thinking of AIDS, and I’m thinking of Climate Change. Human kind can not control the facts of physics or biology, but human science can learn to understand these facts. After the ten years of doubt, more or less, at some point AIDS or Climate Change become accepted, and then everyone jumps on the bandwagon, and then we get technology, which is not science

We like technology better than science, because we CAN control technology, but considering the numbers of mistakes humans make we should perhaps be more careful about what we decide to do with our technology. Technology uses the information from science to make things.  In our generations, primarily technology is a physical machine that is used by the corporate machine to make money.

And that’s why it’s sometimes difficult to understand the real facts about how things work.  The corporate and political machines know that our knowledge is our power, and so they like to keep the real facts to themselves. The hype from the corporate and political con-machines changes with the times, but the facts do not.

But here I’m getting on my soap box again, the bottom line is:  The facts of biology are not too difficult to understand — not easy, but not too difficult — and once we do understand, we can evaluate all the false claims for ourselves.  When it comes to problems like climate change, it’s very much better to learn how biology really functions —  from a text book written by real scientists than it is to find out — OOOPS, we shouldn’t have done THAT.090316_dsc9642ss

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