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4 out of 5 scientists say "er, yes"
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The scientists I have talked to have never had any qualms telling me a theory was wrong when they believed it had absolutely no evidence to support it particularly if there was strong evidence backing another theory. There is no scientist I know of who will say "its likely that Creationism is not the right answer", they will simply say its not true. There are plenty who will say without reservation that the Theory of Evolution is correct.
Newton did not say it was likely that the Laws of Motion were true. Einstein did not say the Theory of Relativity was probable. They were absolute in their belief of these theories.
If scientists were responsible for only observing/describing phenomena, then they would never develop theories. Theories are the logical assumptions scientists make base
, Seattle, WA, United States , Male , Wiccan , Straight , 4 Years of College , Lower middle class
Just because they believe
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does not make it so, any more than DIS-belief makes something false. Evidently the scientists YOU know are far more arrogant than the ones I know. That said, I fear that you wrong dear old Albert by placing him in with such absolutist company...after all, he DID say "No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; but a single experiment can prove me wrong."
And since you chose Einstein as an example, I would give you two MORE quotes by that auguste gentleman, "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." - and - "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Einstein was quite comfortable with the possibility of being wrong, as any honest, empirical scientist
, Dallas, GA, United States , Female , Agnostic , White/Caucasian , Straight , data manager , 2 Years of College , Middle class
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