Science education is critical, otherwise you get people *like carnap* promoting fear mongering and pseudoscience.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote: ↑Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:28 pmAn interesting point of view. I'd say I tend to agree with this.carnap wrote: ↑Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:10 pmThe sciences aren't really useful in themselves, its how you apply the knowledge that results in "useful" technologies or theories from the point of view of humans.
But I'd argue at this point the social sciences and humanities are the most important. Technology doesn't matter if we just end up hanging ourselves with it and that is the current trajectory.
If you're ignorant or misled on issues of global warming, animal consciousness, and nutrition you're going to make some very bad decisions -- decisions that are already hanging humanity without any additional technological innovations necessary to do it.
Perhaps the most important thing scientists can do right now is convince the stubbornly ignorant out there of what should be obvious. That could come in the form of yet more research, but then again these fear mongers just keep moving the goal post and demanding an impossible standard to convince them of what they don't want to believe.
Is psychology in a place to help with that? Not sure. If so, then I'd agree.
I think we'd have a better bet at arguing from ethics, though. Although the fear mongers are often devoid of it, either confusionists, subjectivists, or fideists.