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Despite the falsehoods that some politicians peddle, facts still matter, and getting those facts right is essential for survival. I know, because I regularly see the deadly consequences of getting facts wrong. Some wallabies make bad use of facts. The risk of being eaten – and thus removed from the gene pool – provides a strong incentive to up one's game.People, just like animals, need reliable, truthful data to make good decisions.While any self-respecting scientist must question everything, and be critical of accepted wisdom, it is possible to make predictions, design experiments to collect data, and, after analyzing those data, draw conclusions that support or disprove an original prediction.But revealed scientific truth is always subject to new analysis, new scrutiny, and new interpretation. For humanity, emulating the predator-naive wallaby, and simply ignoring the rustle in the bushes, is no way to avoid being killed.
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