Ethos of Science
a few terms...
A branch of knowledge dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically
arranged and showing the operation of general principles.
scientific method: A method of research in which relevant
data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data,
and the hypothesis is empirically tested.
bias: The tendency to process or analyze information in such
a way that supports ones preexisting ideas, convictions,
or personal preferences or beliefs.
and the scientific method were created because those doing research
(later to be called "scientists") realized that human
beings were capable of personal preferences and biases that could
subconsciously color their judgment and thus affect the outcome
of their inquiry. Since these folks were seeking the truth, to
prevent this, "science" as a method of inquiry was created
so that confirmation bias would not contaminate the results of
anyone's research so that the truth could be sought without fear
of human nature affecting the outcome.
ethos of science:
method of inquiry of a proper researcher and educator
No biases or personal preferences
Reliance on evidence
method of investigation can make the world a better place by burying
myth and dogma by looking at things from the perspective of reality.
requisites for this line of inquiry are:
Respect for rational and honest discussion
A desire to peer-to-peer
The ability to change your position when the evidence merits it
An intolerance of distortion and misrepresentation
skeptical interrogation of accepted notions
when it comes to health education, all practitioners and teachers
should abide by this phrase from the Hippocratic school: "Practice
two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not
harm the patient", otherwise known as...
"First, do no harm"
There are educators who claim to teach reality-based information
who, in reality, do not. They will tell you that they want to
share with you their success strategies for creating successful
real-world approaches to, for example, raw vegan and plant based
eating, but these approaches contain some information that does
not square with reality, and, if followed, will more than likely
result in you not thriving, even though there is
often initial improvement to your health from following their
you adopt a healthier diet, there will always be some initial
improvements to your health, but this initial improvement shouldn't
be assumed to mean that all of the information you're following
is accurate. Those educators who do not abide by the ethos of
science who say they use "real-world" approaches do
so because other educators who shine a light on their incorrect
info use that term to distinguish themselves from those educators
who teach info that doesn't square with reality. The use of the
term "real-world approaches" by educators whose teachings
contain some incorrect info may be a great marketing tactic, but
it's not great for those people who want optimal health, and who
want to learn from educators who adhere to the ethos of science.
true that no one educator has all the answers. But all the answers
an educator has should be accurate. And this is where the ethos
of science comes in. Ensure that the educator you're learning
from abides by the ethos of science if you want the best health
your genetics will allow. You can start by asking them how often
they peer-to-peer with their colleagues for the sake of those
they teach and counsel. If you get the impression that they see
themselves as "without peer", I wouldn't simply trust
that their info is 100% accurate. Remember, a proper researcher
looks at many sources of the information they are seeking, hoping
to find conflicting information, because this will get them closer
to the truth.