As a scientist who loves science, it’s not a phrase I ever thought I’d be teaching my daughter, as well as justifying, however…. Never say never!
When your daughter is preparing for her inter-school primary debate as the affirmative with the topic “You can’t trust science” and looking to you for help in arguing the case with credible examples, what do you do? After going into shock I said “Ask your father” (a pragmatic metallurgist with an uncanny ability to retain and explain an infinite amount of complex facts). He was able to say of course you can’t trust science and began to explain why. He started with a scientific fact of the time, the world was flat, then it was the centre of the universe and Pluto was a planet. All things we know now not to be true.
He then went on to describe how Thaliomide was a…
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