The left is always droning on about how they “love science”. Well, let’s put that to the test, shall we?
Science is, at its core, the search for “how”. Science doesn’t care why, only how.
The Scientific Method works thus:
- A thing happens.
- The thing is observed.
- A hypothesis is formed as to how it happened.
- An experiment is created by which the hypothesis may be tested.
- A result is reached.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until a statistically significant measurement of the validity of the hypothesis (yes or no) is achieved.
If the result of this method does not support the hypothesis, then the hypothesis is set aside, and you return to step 2 to observe some more. If the result does support the hypothesis, you ask others to attempt to repeat your results. If they fail, you go back to step 2.
Only once your hypothesis has been confirmed, and your results have been replicated can you begin to claim you have something that rises to the level of theory.
Now that we have the scientific method in a nutshell, let’s tweak it a little for political and social phenomena.
- A social ill is identified.
- The social ill is discussed and studied.
- A policy to correct said social ill is proposed.
- Said policy is put into effect and enforced.
- A result is obtained.
Now, if that result is the reduction of the social ill, then the policy can be called successful.
If the result carries with it new social ills, or the exacerbation of other existing social ills, then not so much. This can be chalked up to a poor experimental design, or one that didn’t eliminate enough variables.
And if the result is either no improvement or things get worse, then the policy is a failure.
Where politics departs from science is what happens when the result does not support the policy.
If the response is the further enactment of similar policies, then it can be inferred that the actual desire is not to ameliorate the social ill, but to exacerbate it.
Which brings us around to one of my pet bugaboos — gun control.
Our friends on the left tell us that more gun control, and perhaps even a broad confiscation of private firearms is just the thing to get us to nirvana. They point to England and Australia as shining examples of how well gun control works to prevent “gun violence”
And when you point out that more people are murdered with guns in both places now than before the gun bans, they change the subject.
I think we can safely assume that the left do not “love science”. No, they just want meaningless sex.