One-Liner Wednesday — Science

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“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. ”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

And the corollary for our times, denying science (e.g., climate change) doesn’t make it any less true.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

19 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Science

  1. Sight11 September 27, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Physics is based on hypothesis Sensei. So ‘may be’ true. Remember Science is subjective too, Sensei.

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    • Fandango September 27, 2017 / 8:46 am

      You’re back! Hurray! Remember, in science, a hypothesis is an idea or explanation that you then test through study and experimentation. It’s different from opinions and/or beliefs, which are often totally untested and are based upon gut feelings more so than evidence. Just sayin’.

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      • Sight11 September 27, 2017 / 9:31 am

        Sensei, experimental physics stopped in the late 30’s. Since then it has always been theoretical. It is not just Physics Sensei. Evolutionary Biology now is also challenged. We have now a human fossil more ancient and that too not in Africa, yikes.

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        • Fandango September 27, 2017 / 10:17 am

          And that’s the beauty of science. With new evidence, old theories are updated. Whereas with beliefs, evidence is irrelevant.

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  2. Frank Hubeny September 27, 2017 / 8:26 am

    That reminds me of something Niels Bohr was supposed to have said about lucky horseshoes: “They are supposed to work whether you believe in them or not.” Actually, i don’t think Tyson is correct about science. Science should be empirical, not dogmatic. It’s theories can change. Dogmas are true (to the believers) whether someone else believes in them or not.

    One of the things that I think may have to change about modern science is the current gravity theory unless those funded to look for it can find dark matter. But I haven’t checked lately. Has dark matter been found or not?

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    • Dan Antion September 27, 2017 / 8:58 am

      I’ll stop believing in gravity when I step on the scale and it doesn’t move 🙂

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  3. Sue Vincent September 27, 2017 / 10:06 am

    But it doesn’t always mean science gets it right…it is constantly evolving its definitions and revising its opinions. 🙂

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    • Fandango September 27, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Yes, new information and evidence do cause scientists to reevaluate and maybe retest their original hypothesis and adjust their theories based upon new information. But I still say that science is not just the espousing of opinions. Any fool can do that.

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      • Sue Vincent September 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

        I agree… though I accept empirical evidence as well as scientific.

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  4. baddadcartoons101 September 27, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    It’s a good thing we don’t take science as the truth or we would be stuck believing entirely in Newtonian physics

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    • Frank Hubeny September 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Good point! If scientific theories were “true”, they can’t change. They can’t be updated. The most we can say is that the models (theories) “work”, that is, the predictions they make are accurate enough for our present purposes, whether we believe that those models are reality or not. Leave it to the philosophers to argue about reality and truth.

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  5. JoAnna September 27, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Science at least tries to be based on facts. Good discussion.

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