Science doesn’t “say” anything.
Occasionally, a scientist will get involved with a cultural debate by sharing his/her opinions. But, most of the time scientists are too busy asking questions and doing experiments to say for certain whether God exists or whether you “should” use cloth diapers or co-sleep with your baby.
So, when someone claims that “science says” something, what they mean is:
“Scientists published a research paper, which was interpreted by an internet magazine, which was turned into click bait by a few bloggers that I follow…
…and then I did some ‘research’ which involved Googling ‘Why Vaccines Will Kill You’…
…and that’s how I came to be educated about THE SCIENCE!”
The enlightened scholars rarely admit that research papers only take small samples of populations–and then publish suggestions about what might be happening to cause a certain result.
If they ever actually read any of the studies, they might stop pretending that scientific literature ever says anything like, “Therefore, you are correct and your mother-in-law is wrong–and spanking REALLY IS child abuse. Case closed.”
(No, that would be the internet magazine editor who came to that conclusion.)
But explaining this to an Enlightened Internet Scholar may be a lost cause.
Whatever skepticism they are capable of using, they tend to reserve ALL of it for any research papers that disagree with their favorite theories…
“Well, that’s just one, small study!”
Or, “That research group is known to be biased!”
Or, “Correlation does not equal causation!”
They simply will not apply the same criticisms, with the same intensity, to their own side.
Therefore, if you can’t beat them, join them!
Don’t try to reason with a person who honestly believes “science says” the same thing as an opinion piece in “Psychology Today.”
Instead, just show them:
There is a God. (click)
Vaccines don’t cause autism. (click)
(Also, parents ought to spank their kids!)
*shrugs* If you want to stay ignorant, that’s fine with me.
I’M JUST TELLING YOU WHAT THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SAYS!!!