There should really be a science-specific word that parallels Stephen Colbert’s truthiness. It’s not exactly falling for psudoscience (since that kind of ‘well it seems like it should work this way’ thinking might or might not lead to bullshit conclusions). ‘Common sense’ lends an air of approval that’s not such a good idea, and ‘intuitive’ sounds too technical.
There was some essay I read as a kid on exobiology, purporting to explain that there’s a good chance life has to be carbon based, because living systems need to be able to build a super wide variety of molecules, and nothing is as flexible as carbon while still being reasonably common anywhere in the universe. Maaaaybe silicone, they said, but it’s hard to get that much silicone together, even after a supernova event. I have no idea if that logic is even plausible, let alone based on any kind of evidence other than that we happen to be made of carbon, and it’s working out pretty well for us.
So, any nominations? Factish? Data-ey? Scienceful? What do y’all think?