Very few areas of life and work are exact sciences. But we’re always evaluating claims and ideas to determine which are more or less true for practical purposes. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins introduces some scientific principles: learn to test your intuition through careful critical thinking, replicability, and, wherever possible, statistical analysis.
What You'll Learn
- How to think critically about your intuition
- How to replicate results through experimentation
- How to do statistical analysis
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Adopt the Scientist's Mindset: Take a Rational Approach to Seeking and Finding Truth
Very few areas of life and work are exact sciences. But we’re always evaluating claims and ideas to determine which are more or less true for practical purposes. This is how we make smart choices. In doing so, it’s helpful to keep in mind some principles from science: that in trying to determine what’s objectively true it’s important to test our intuitions through careful critical thinking, replicability, and, wherever possible, statistical analysis.Objective Truth: A proposition is generally considered to be objectively true when its truth conditions are met without bias derived from one’s subjective experience.Objective truth is true for all people of cultures. The results of a scientific experiment will be replicable, no matter where or by whom the experiment is conducted, so long as the scientists’ methods and experimental conditions are exactly the same.Science based on objective truth achieves results. Look no further than the technologies and industries that surround yo...