The video in a link is a 2 hour deep dive into problems with the science itself.

There isn't much about altruism in it, but I hope it's allowed to post here as I tagged it in "Philosophy" section and EA is based on science.

By posting it here I'm trying to start a discussion about this topic as I think Kehlan is touching some important core problems with science methodologies.

One of his main arguments is that science as a general approach of understanding reality is reductive in itself, meaning it is trying to limit variables, while the world it tries to understand works as a holistic entity, something à la Mach Principle, therefore science cannot really give answers to many profound questions, however it tries. Hope you like it!




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I downvoted this post. I watched the first hour of the video and was very unimpressed by the "argument" in it. It seems to be a mix of implicit conspiracism, irrelevant tangents, and intro philosophy of science.

It does (correctly) point out that the replication crisis revealed many weaknesses in the way science has been conducted, but the discussion is superficial. And whereas most scientists who learn about the replication crisis advocate for greater rigor (e.g. larger sample sizes, more diverse samples, preregistration), the video implies that the real problem is that scientists have been making some unwarranted metaphysical/ontological assumptions. For example, scientists should be more open to the idea that extra sensory perception is real??

I think a better use of time would be reading Stuart Ritchie's book Science Fictions, which more clearly and cogently discusses the replication crisis and problems in science more generally.

I understand that you didn't like the way he speaks, but giving down vote without watching the whole thing seems to be bit unfair. In second part he departs from talking about replication crisis and dives deeper into the topic. I'd recommend watching it full before giving it a review.

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