Science is a recursive, unending process of telling and revising stories to get them "less wrong". Being "wrong" and expecting to be "wrong" are essential elements of the process, to be valued rather than feared.
The significance and effectiveness of scientific stories derives not only from their rootedness in observations and the skeptical posture with which stories about these are elaborated but also from their public and social character, including their ability to motivate new observations and stories (the "crack" is an asset, a feature rather than a bug).
Scientific stories are valuable for the observations they summarize that one might not have made oneself, for the ways of thinking about things that might not have occurred to one on one's own, and for the new questions they raise that one might not have thought of alone.
|"Traditional updated"||"less wrong"?|
|Science does not represent Truth at any given time but there is a reality out there to be described and science is asympototically approaching a description of it by a recursive process of observation, hypothesis generation, and new observation.||Science is a part of a larger, older, and continuing exploration of possible forms of matter and energy by the universe as a whole. It proceeds by creating effective summaries of observations to date that in turn motivate new observations that may invalidate the current summaries and require their replacement with new ones. The summaries may in turn alter the thing being explored. For this reason, among others (the past is NOT predictive of the future; there are always multiple adequate summaries with differing likely futures), it remains uncertain whether there is any asymptotic character to science. It is progressive only in the sense that summaries are of increasingly greater bodies of observations.|
|The "crack" is a bug||The "crack" is a feature|
|Science is a specialized activity, requiring special training to make sgnificant contributions; at a minimum one has to know what the current understanding is and work from there. Only observations made under special conditions, and only summaries based on those observations, are relevant||Science is a common human activity to which everyone can contribute. All observations and summaries (stories) are potentially relevant.|
|The goal is the perspectiveless ("objective") "view from nowhere".||The goal (always receding) is the "view from everywhere", making "subjectivity" not only admissable but importantly generative and probably even necessary.|
|Skepticism is essential for asymptotic movement||Skepticism is essential for continuing exploration.|
|Audience as observer/consumer||Audience as participant|