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"Science doesn't prove things, science probes things"

Gregory Bateson, Mind And Nature, A Necessary Unity

Similar to the philosophy, science is also a game to be played by the minds that consider themselves able. It just so happened that, because of their coincidental practical applications, scientific theories came to be regarded as the Truth incarnate. Seeing how many impressive changes scientific theories could bring in a short period of time, many people started worshipping science. Some even saw it as a legitimate replacement for the religion. This, unfortunately, is a sad reminder of what can happen when we allow ourselves to be carried away too much.

Invariably, people are astonished when they learn that a theory could be considered to be truly scientific only if it allows for some future piece of evidence to prove it wrong. If a theory is constructed in such a way that it is so airtight that nothing could ever break it, then it is not a scientific theory. It is as simple as that.

This is the fundamental rule of this game we call scientific research. Many people (including, believe it or not, some professional scientists!) are not aware of this fundamental postulate. Consequently, they believe that all those scientific theories are actually the infallible laws. Such views are extremely naive, to say the least.

What's This Scientific Research Game All About?

The Two Pillars Of Science   

Science And Formal Systems

The Null Hypothesis

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