“Science is by and large concerned with what is, not what we should do or how we should behave.  Science can inform these discussions, but cannot decide them.”

I think science can most definitely decide them.  Once the subject has been studied to exhaustion, then mastered intellectually, then regurgitated in a layman’s translation for the public, it begins to be decided (sometimes  a 10-1000 year process).  Until it is decided, people have very passionate discussions trying to convince one another through clever argumentative techniques that they are the correct ones.  Eventually science wins out, once the majority of the public is educated and it becomes common knowledge, the issue is no longer argued with any sort of passion (plants having feelings, the sun being a God, women being inferior, evolution, etc.).  It is true that not all subjects up for discussions have scientific “answers,” however (God?).


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