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← Two equally bad fallacies

ollipehkonen's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by ollipehkonen

Not necessarily a fallacy, but one of my least favourites at the moment is something that even the OP was committing: equating scientific and religious claims by calling both things believing. I hope most people don't "believe" in scientific findings the same way as religious claims.

With science you could do the experiments yourself if you are undecided, though it might take years of training to learn how to do a particular one. And other people who already know how are trying to look for flaws in the methods and findings. If you don't redo the experiments yourself, you are trusting the experts. But hopefully you don't believe them the same way as you would a religious authority.

Maybe this is a case of the straw man fallacy. Trying to make both things looks like the same type of believing. I prefer to say I trust the science.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:12:58 UTC | #912836