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Scientific Consensus

Definition:

The Scientific Consensus represents the position generally agreed upon at a given time by most scientists specialized in a given field.

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Scientific Consensus does NOT mean that:

  • all scientist are unanimous: disagreements may occur and can be necessary for science to progress,
  • the position is definitive: the consensus can evolve with the results from further research and contrary opinions.

Therefore, Scientific Consensus is NOT a synonym of "Certain Truth".

But when the scientific expertise to judge a scientific position is lacking, the best choice is to rely on the Consensus.

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Wissenschaftlicher Konsens
Español: Consenso Científico
Français: Consensus scientifique
Nederlands: Wetenschappelijk Consensus

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