When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.(Proverbs 11:2) NKJV
The intellectual tragedy of our generation is a failure to understand what evidence is and how it’s used, and the resulting misconception about what constitutes knowledge. The theory of knowledge is called epistemology.
Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.– Epistemology, definition
The problem is embodied by the phrase “scientific evidence.” There’s an intellectual hierarchy in which people with a “science” background consider themselves to be superior to people who come from a “faith” background. “Science” people who like to argue use the phrase “scientific knowledge” like a club and beat people with it.
The problem is that “scientific evidence” isn’t actually evidence, it’s an interpretation of evidence based on believing the popular science paradigm (SciPop). We’re going to use epistemology to substantiate the following definition of “scientific evidence”:
Scientific evidence is a secondary interpretation of evidence (not the evidence itself) which has been approved by peer review to ensure compliance with the popular science narrative of godless existence (SciPop). It’s the distilled essence of circular reasoning; a major deity in the atheist pantheon, the subject of a lot of special pleading.– Scientific Evidence, definition
Can we be sufficiently lowly to see the wisdom here? Scientific evidence is what we call a secondary source. What we have to do is examine primary sources of evidence. In this sense evidence is neutral, it doesn’t point to a conclusion. Any conclusion that we may be able to deduce from evidence is wholly dependent on our choice of paradigm.
This gives us the understanding we need to be able to define our own epistemological razor: Matty’s Razor.