Epistemic humility

A pretty straightforward inductive argument: our scientific picture of the universe is changing rapidly (on an historical scale). Therefore, large parts of what we currently might believe, are wrong.

A reasonable inference from this is: there is much more that we don’t know than that we do – our scientific (and therefore academic) views of the universe are nowhere near complete.

Therefore, one should focus on establishing that something is the case, not that it could or could not happen because one’s scientific or academic theories tell one so.

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