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#SciMe = Scientific method ("When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?" John Maynard Keynes) First the facts/data, 2nd the Analysis, 3rd the policy implications, finally the views.
2/int Precision in the use of words is very important for understanding & debating different views. Verbal extremism has been liberally used in recent years, generating a cycle of increasing abuse, leading too often to mutual hatred. The intellectuals must set a better example.
3/int A shift in focus from asserting one's views are only correct ones, to debating policy actions can introduce a large dose of reality into the discussions and cool extremist passions. Past is past, what policy action can we take, to make -ve (+ve) outcomes less(more) likely?
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