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Common Sense, Knowledge, and Science: Similarities and differences if any...

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  • Mar 14 2013: Generally, science represents the very top quality information and knowledge available to us. Even so, not all scientifically derived knowledge is completely reliable. Some scientific results are better than others.

    Science is limited to phenomena that can be reliably repeated and measured in the here and now.

    Every day everyone uses information and knowledge that has not been gained or confirmed scientifically. Even in the twenty first century our survival and prosperity relies on non-scientific knowledge. The quality of this information and knowledge varies from useless to completely reliable. Unfortunately society has developed no standards for the quality of knowledge. The quality of knowledge and information is a matter of judgment, either of the individual or of a group. This leads some people to believe that all non-scientific information is unreliable and useless in public situations, particularly for making public policy. That attitude is baseless and is just as risky as the rejection of scientific results because they do not fit into some world view.

    The proper use of science in the making of public policy is becoming an important issue. The issue should be expanded to how we judge the quality of any and all relevant knowledge. If we could develop a consensus on that issue, most arguments would fade away.

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