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Posted: 8/23/2016 3:02:05 AM EDT
There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority.
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Link Posted: 8/23/2016 3:50:13 AM EDT
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To be science, nothing is ever "settled" - it is always subject to repeated verifications by independent testing, even if only to teach the methodology behind the scientific method.

When we conduct Physics 101 Newtonian equations verification experiments, it's not that we expect them to change and end up being wrong, but that we're willing to accept that we must always verify our basic axioms, and if the tests end up showing Newton's wrong, to seriously investigate to find the source of our experimental error, or quantify and describe the deviation our experiments have discovered.
Link Posted: 8/23/2016 4:42:49 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2016 6:33:43 AM EDT
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Maybe this is why there is still a Flat Earth Society.
Link Posted: 8/23/2016 6:48:06 AM EDT
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I would agree; however, it is more applicable to hypothesis than theory.  




A theory has a HUGE body of experimental evidence to support it. And to junk it, or modify it, requires a even larger body of evidence that it is incorrect or in need to a modification.  




A hypothesis is easily overturned and modified, as it has only a small amount of evidence to support it.  A hypothesis is a working model that may one day, after much modification become a theory. A hypothesis is changed as needed, bending to new experimental evidence easily; although gradually more slowly changing as it is modified to better fit the growing body of evidence.
I like this quote by Max Planck better:






A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
 
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There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority.
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Prescience he had.
Encapsulates the essence of Global Warming argument.


Link Posted: 8/23/2016 7:18:41 AM EDT
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You can't teach what he's describing. It's built in or it's not.

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There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority.
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Very well put.  Heinlein is a quote master.

 
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Prescience he had.
Encapsulates the essence of Global Warming argument.


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There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Prescience he had.
Encapsulates the essence of Global Warming argument.



...or virtually all of Academia.
Link Posted: 8/23/2016 9:26:42 AM EDT
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...unless there's a political agenda to advance and/or money to be made via charlatanism, i.e., global warming.

"It's settled science."

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Very well put.  Heinlein is a quote master.  
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There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Very well put.  Heinlein is a quote master.  



Of course, his views on organized religion won't win him anything close to universal praise on Arfcom.
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