Follow the Science

The left keeps telling us to “follow the science” without actually knowing what science is, other than the subject that they received Cs in while in school. Science is a way of learning how things work. We observe a phenomenon, collect data on that phenomenon, then formulate ideas and rules on how that phenomenon works. We continuously test our ideas against data to see if our ideas are correct. So in a nutshell, science is a way of using data to prove how the world works.

For example, we know that the Y chromosome in humans has 30 genes contained in it. One of those 30 genes is called the SRY gene. It only works once in a lifetime, about 42 days after conception. That gene causes cells in a developing fetus to produce the SRY protein. This protein contains a string of of 79 amino acids that binds to specific regions of DNA, causing the DNA molecule to bend. This bending in turn causes the production in certain cells of some organs that produces other proteins, including one called SOX9 (sex-determining region-box 9) an autosomal gene regulated by the SRY protein. The presence of this protein (among others) causes a fetus to develop testes and a penis. Bam, the fetus is male. Science. You can’t wish your way into being male or female, you can’t change this because you feel like it. It just is.

The evidence and the data led science to that point. The facts don’t change. What can change is the scientists themselves. People who claim to be scientists allow their biases and preformed opinions to change or reinterpret the data to be what they wish it to be, thus placing their thumbs squarely on the scales.

This is squarely related to something I was talking about with regards to crime, sociology, and criminology. Science is what it is, even when some people want to wish away the facts as they are.

Sometimes people are wrong. Perhaps this is done because of personal bias or opinion, sometimes it is done for profit. Sometimes it is simple human error.

This lays the groundwork for a future post. Keep an eye out for it in the future.

4 replies on “Follow the Science”

There’s a meme going around that says, (more or less – from memory), “I tried the follow the science but I couldn’t. Then I tried to follow the money and that’s where I found the science.” It’s a truism. Another is that over 90% of the published science agrees with who funded the study.

Which is why one of the most downloaded papers in the history of science is, “Why Most Published Research Findings are False” by John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist from Stanford.

I grew up idolizing science and was a biochemistry major before some events and bad choices in life forced me out of college and started working in one of my hobbies (electronics). Eventually, going to college at night while working full time I became what they used to call an applied scientist – an engineer. Science has been in a long decline, going back to post WWII. With some exceptions, it has been corrupted by being ever more expensive and more dependent on big government.

It pains me to say that, but it’s undeniable.

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