How to make sense of Complex Technical Issues
This thesis outlines a logical thinking system for science and technical students to help them recognize, understand, and manage systemic biases in scientific topics. It addresses how details presented by media (social, news, opinions, technical documentaries) may cause non-experts to misunderstand complicated or complex scientific and technical issues. The work described in this report covers topics of human biases and scientific paradigms, along with the question: Can cultures and partisan ideas influence aspects of the scientific world?
The role of science is to establish what is measurable, achieve accurate and precise measurements, and to ensure every effort is made to falsify its theories.
Bias in science is revealed by the extent scientists fall short in their logic, fail to address contradictions, or opine about matters that have neither been measured nor fully proven
Scientific Impartiality is to review facts without adding a cultural perspective
Critical thinking, with the avoidance of bias, requires much more than a kind heart and an open mind. It demands, the application of formal logic, a consistency in one's evaluations, an attention to the many relevant details - all topped off with, honesty, and above all, a consciousness of one's limitations. Cultivate these qualities in yourself and look for them in those who offer you their opinions
We rarely listen to others carefully so we can learn or understand; we are too busy constructing a counter argument based upon the farrago of our personal biases