May 24, 2020

IT’S FINE TO CHANGE YOUR MIND IN RESPONSE TO NEW FACTS, BUT YOU NEED TO DISPLAY SOME HUMILITY UPFRONT: Why scientists are changing their minds and disagreeing.

If you’ve tuned into the daily news cycle during the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve probably noticed circumstances where scientists seemed reluctant to share information, debated the latest research on social media or downright changed their views.

In our culture, we often hold politicians, corporate executives and other leaders accountable for the consistency of their positions. In political debates, candidates will often point out on the debate stage that a rival swung to the left or right over a controversial issue. It suggests a lack of authenticity, or even careerism, and indicates that they can’t be trusted to do what’s right for their constituents.

In the scientific world, it’s expected that even the highest-ranking academics will evolve their thinking — and many have done so during this Covid-19 pandemic.

But some scientists fear that the public doesn’t understand this, and is losing faith in scientists who change their minds. And that’s having real consequences on the front lines.

If you speak with the Unchallengeable Voice Of God, and then you change your mind and speak again with the Unchallengeable Voice Of God, people will notice.

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