even scientists can not go outside their field very well, as they are not equipped with the training and knowledge to adequetly argue.
The reason I used the homicide example in one of the links is because it is a mistake two "scientists" made within the past 12 months
I could not agree more, gaining proper knowledge is not an easy task for the human mind which is full of biases and fallacies. When I said we should be scientific in the way we think, is to have the ability and the willingness to question the flawed and pseudoscientific reports that is spread all over the internet. As long as the human mind is not free from authority it wont be able to think freely.
For example, if you open the borders of the US and UK for immigrants from developing countries (which is the vast majority in the world), I can be certain that almost everyone want to move there and never move back again to where they came from. If you ask someone who lives in south Africa and visited the US which country is safer, the answer would be so obvious even if it contradicts with the misrepresented (as samseva described them) reports on this thread.
Bernie Sanders in his campaign argued that a huge number of people who are incarcerated in US jails are marijuana users. There are numerous factors if we think a bit deeply would show who the data used in this thread can be easily misinterpreted.
What is happening here is the use of random data that we are not quite sure how is it collected and how to relate it to the bigger picture
, instead we generalize it and draw wrong conclusions out of it.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
This was the last word of the Tathagata.