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What distinguishes science from pseudo-science is the ability to construct reality based on data. The temptation to reject empirical data to adopt a popular belief is great. Finding perchlorate on was a huge setback lest we forget the primary objective of scientific discovery. When we dislike a discovery, we find ways to discount it but when we like a discovery, we rarely find ways to scrutinize it. Science should remain impartial to the whims of expectation otherwise we would only endeavor to research topics we anticipate a favorable outcome. The presumption of researching only that which will agree with our preconceived notions is the foundation is pseudo-science. In actual science, one must be prepared to acknowledge an outcome diametrically opposed to the one theorized. It is incumbent upon us, as researchers and scholars, to recognize our own prejudices and to venture beyond them. The object of science is not to feed controversy but to resolve controversy. Science does not bend to will of the majority.
Having been theorized 2000 years previously as documented in the scrolls of the Great Library of Alexandria, Galileo's heliocentric theory was a controversial idea not because it was false, but because it was true. What makes the truth controversial?
What if the industrial revolution occurred a thousand years earlier? What if me manufactured glass a thousand years earlier? What if we knew the medical knowledge of today a thousand years earlier? How much human suffering might have been relieved? How many World Wars may have been averted? How much longer would our planet be viable? Is there a grander gift to humanity than scientific advancement? Have we learned the lessons of the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria? If such a library existed today, would we still burn it down? Forbidding knowledge is not a legitimate endeavor for any organization much less one geared to serve humanity. Should there be a forbidden tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden? Would Hypatia of Alexandria's beauty and intelligence be revered or would she be flayed today as she was two millennia ago for her high crimes of beauty and intelligence?
We underestimate the power of human intelligence and science. Inquisitive minds subscribed to evolution long before Darwin and the heliocentric theory long before Galileo. The human brain's capacity to deduce has not significantly changed in the last 5000 years. At what point did we realize the year had 365 days? When did we notice the big dipper rotated about a point? When did we notice the Moon rotated about Earth? When did we realize the Moon was spherical rather than flat? When did we understand solar eclipses? Even the mildest inquisitive person will arrive to these answers in their own lifetime. In the absence of pseudo-scientific teachings, man naturally arrives to the most logical conclusion. Preventing the proliferation of pseudo-scientific teachings, even when it happens to be a prevailing theory, is a great gift to humanity.
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