Nov 2011

Don’t Trust Me, Trust Us


Don’t trust me, I’m just a scientist.
Other scientists know not to trust me.
In fact, they’ve been trained not to trust me,
and there are very good reasons not to trust me:

I’m human;
I’ve made mistakes;
I’ve been wrong;
I’ve even misunderestimated things.

But our lack of trust is our strength.
When I mess up, I hear about it.
When I’m wrong, I’m corrected.
And when I misunderestimate something,
someone else re-estimates it.

And so our mistrust becomes truth,
and in the end I may get things wrong
but WE will get it right.

Think of it this way…
When you go to the doctor about heart disease
you might want a second opinion.
But if 9 of 10 of doctors say:
“It’s happening.
Your habits are causing it,
It’s going to harm you.
But you can fix it
if you change your ways.”
I sincerely hope you change your ways.

And when a scientist talks about climate change,
you might want a second opinion.
But when 95 of 100 scientists say:
“It’s happening.
Our habits are causing it.
It’s going to harm us.
But we can fix it
if we change our ways.”
I sincerely hope we change our ways.

So this is what I ask of you:
Don’t trust me.
Trust US.
Don’t trust the scientist.
Don’t trust a human.

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