The Unnatural Nature of Science

@article{Wolpert1993TheUN,
  title={The Unnatural Nature of Science},
  author={L. Wolpert and R. Horton},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1993},
  volume={341}
}
Science provides the best way of understanding the world. Public understanding of science is limited: science goes against common sense, the earth moves round the sun. Paranormal beliefs are all too common and they go completely against science, there is a mystical element in our brains. Unlike religion, science is universal and is almost entirely independent of the particular culture in which it is performed. It had is origin in ancient Greece. Whenever a new technology is introduced it is not… Expand

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