I understand how frustrating it can be to work with scientists. I work with them everyday. Ask a scientist a seemingly simple yes/no question and they are liable to respond with a ten minute stemwinder or three page dissertation on why the actual answer is maybe. That’s the thing about science that many people misunderstand. They think about science and the laws of nature and the facts of the matter and they believe science is about absolutes, about the way things are, or the way they must be. In fact, it is really the opposite. Science abhors absolutes, it cannot stand an absolute because an absolute can no longer be questioned, and once a thing is immune from questioning it is immune from the scientific method and thus no longer a thing about which science can have anything to say. A thing that cannot be questioned, an absolute, is invisible to science, or at least untouchable.

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