Research Paper | Science and Technology | Russia | Volume 9 Issue 8, August 2020
In the Wake of the Pandemic: Scientific Researches must be Controlled with the Participation of People from the Street
Abstract: It is already a common knowledge that the humanity was caught off guard by COVID-19. To understand why it has happened, the author is analyzing peculiarities of scientists' thinking. According to the principle of fallibilism, any scientific theory, including the most fundamental and commonly accepted, tomorrow may prove to be (or not prove to be) false. Today this principle is adopted almost by all philosophers of science, while scientists in mass keep on denying it, trusting too much their estimation, concepts and theories. The scientific community dramatically lacks self-criticism while scientists' inventions have more and more global aftermath with time. This combination is extremely dangerous for the biosphere and the humanity, as was emphasized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine a drunk elephant in a china shop. The suggested solution is to ensure control over the science with the participation of ?people from the street? just like jurors participate in a jury trial. Suspicious scientific researches should be forbidden (or allow) by ?people from the street? having common sense and being free from their own scientific and clannish scientific interests. It would not be smart at all for the humanity to die from inability to limit dangerously overpriced ambitions of scientists.
Keywords: virologists' main failure, principle of fallibilism, scientists' sins, freedom of scientific work, jury trial for scientific researches
Edition: Volume 9 Issue 8, August 2020,
Pages: 367 - 372
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