Is Science ALWAYS Right ... ?
- 4 months ago
Science is the forever-going process of learning. There’ll always be some sort of margin for errors. “Scientific facts” are discoveries that have an infinitesimally tiny probability of being wrong as it has been demonstrated hundreds of times and gives the same results, thus it can be considered to be true. For example, gravity exists. Several humans have observed its existence millions of times and it’s been studied for several decades. Therefore, It is scientifically proven that gravity exists.
- 4 months ago
Science is a process of discovery. That process can lead to inaccurate results. Or we may draw incorrect conclusions. Though science if done appropriately should provide a correct and accurate measurement of the natural world.
- SBR32277Lv 74 months ago
I would say the "process" is always right or at the minimum, the best we have for understanding how and why things work. The "process" tells on itself if it is not correct. There won't be much argument over tried and true science, it's the leading edge of science that is always open to debate and reasoning, to put the clues together to solve the mystery. Science is like playing detective, where you are attempting to put a jigsaw puzzle together piece by piece, where you might notice the pieces you have put together are looking like the Eiffel Tower and while that conclusion would be warranted by the evidence so far, your assumption could be the one in Paris, but as you put more pieces together, you learn that the surroundings are a better fit for Las Vegas Nevada. Science can and does change with the aid of additional evidence.
- 4 months ago
Science is not subjective, there will always be a correct answer.
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- Bulldog reduxLv 74 months ago
Science does not deal in perfection. It deals in probabilities and the weight of empirical (as distinguished from anecdotal) evidence. BTW, I am a Ph.D. scientist.
@Godhatesyou: Using your logic, we could describe Daniel as a circus performer because he worked with lions.
- PaulLv 74 months ago
It is generally right before it publishes anything, because a scientific journal will not accept a scientific work that has not been thoroughly investigated and confirmed by many scientists.
- Ernest SLv 74 months ago
Science may be but the scientists are so obviously not.
- Huh?Lv 74 months ago
Science provides the best models of how the universe works based on the available evidence. As more information is acquired those models are adjusted to incorporate that new knowledge.
Scientific models may need to be occasionally tweeked or even tossed out when contradicted by new evidence, but that is its advantage over religion. When you have a faith based belief it ignores the evidence that proves religious dogma wrong, like creationism is demonstrably wrong, yet people of faith cannot accept evidence without admitting their beliefs are wrong.
- VeschengroLv 74 months ago
In the end yes..... unlike religion
- EntropyLv 74 months ago
Uh....I have problems with how you formulated the question. I'll explain.
Science is not a person. It's a process. The Scientific Method is the best systematic process for discovering the truth that mankind has ever invented. The PROCESS is right. There may be further improvements to it in the future, but it's at least pretty darn good.
We tend to use the term 'science' informally to refer to the body of knowledge that science has produced. But that's us being imprecise. That body of knowledge is NOT always right, but the reason is usually because of the fact that imperfect humans using imperfect techniques to implement the scientific method make a mistake.
But that's not really a problem. The thing that makes the Scientific Method unlike all other systems for acquiring knowledge is that it SEEKS out it's own mistakes. The idea is that you make an observation, you come up with an idea that explains that observation, then you conceive of a TEST to attempt to prove that observation wrong. If you (and your peers) fail to prove it wrong and the hypothesis makes predictions that can be observed and tested, then the idea has merit.
But because we're human, scientists make mistakes all the time. ESPECIALLY in social sciences...which really are more "Science" than Science if you know what I mean. But even in physics and other hard sciences, mistakes are made. But the genius of science is that continued effort to falsify what we know means that eventually, those mistakes are usually caught and corrected over time.
So Science (the body of knowledge) is NOT always right. However it's MORE LIKELY to be right than any other body of knowledge AND is self-correcting when done properly.