The most important boring idea in the universe

We live in a world dominated by science, but most people don't understand its most essential characteristic: establishing standards of evidence to keep us from getting fooled by our own biases and opinions.

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  • Maintaining standards of evidence is the most important and least appreciated idea in science.
  • Modern science was established in the late Renaissance when networks of researchers began working out best practices for linking evidence with conclusions.
  • In the face of science denial and attempts to create a post-truth society, we have to protect the primacy of standards of evidence in science and society.
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