On the way home today, riding the bus for 3 minutes due to a downpour, I was running through possible wordings, phrases, ways of expressing myself, for the purpose of the “next” blog post, whenever that would be. Probably titled “The Lie”. During said ponderings, I decided to reduce my use of the word “science” when writing certain kinds of blog posts, for certain audiences.
To some, science seems like “the new Authority”, the new self-sustaining system perpetuated by clergy named “scientists” and to be dogmatically obeyed by the rest of us in the pews. (Heh. Not even church is like that, assuming you choose a nice progressive community.) The problem is “science” is pigeonholed into something it isn’t, and this is helped by the fact that it has such a handy pre-existing label. Develop a pigeonholed understanding of the label, then the job is done!
So instead of saying “I care too much about science”, I’m going to talk about… “I care too much about understanding reality/creation as best I can”, “I’m too interested in the evidence about the past that surrounds us”, or something similar.
And so my quest for maximizing understandability continues down the road of ever-increasing verbosity. *sigh*.