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"True Science" (S/O of "Young Earth" theory)

How do you define science as "true" or "false"?

Science is every changing, evolving, and is self correcting based on the evidential findings. Be they through controlled study, long term patterning, or emerging supportive research.

Unlike religion, which is solely based on opinion, faith, and belief- rather than on evidence, as science is- what makes science 'true'.

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Asked by ObbyDobbie at 11:53 AM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Science is more of a verb than it is a noun - it's a process designed to understand data collected about the natural world in absence of human bias. Science doesn't "change" - it develops better understandings as more data are collected. Naturally, the amount of information discovered is going to grow and hypotheses about old data will have to be adjusted to include the new information. Since humans are not likely to understand everything about the Universe, it is likely that our body of scientific understanding will continue to grow.

    What I don't get are people who think our spiritual learning stopped 2000 years ago. Yep, when Jesus died, we then understood everything about God. No need to look any further. Ignore the fact that God is more complicated than the universe (that'll we'll never be able to fully understand).

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 11:58 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Anything that can be solved with a mathematical equation is usually true, or at least i believe so. Many things such as physics, can be proven with a math equation. Math does not lie.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:59 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Samurai_chica: about 30 years ago, physicists determined mathematically that bumble bees could not fly. It took them 25 years to figure out the spot where they had set up their model incorrectly, which was really tricky because the mathematics had no errors. So, the math didn't lie (since, obviously, bumble bees can fly), it was just that the physicist weren't doing the correct equations.

    Mathematical proofs are only as accurate as their models, data and assumptions.


    Answer by Dr.Donna at 12:07 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Here's the thing, both Science & Religion require some kind of faith. You either put your faith in something intangible simply because you find your own personal proof of it's reality, or you put your faith in something which seems to have tangible proof behind it, even though we now know that even scientific "fact" is only as factual as current theory or technology. Either way you have found some form of proof, be it your own or that which someone else has produced. Neither can truly be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, however the difference lies in the fact that one is tangible and one is not. We can see, smell, touch & hear science, and when we see it we all see the same thing... With religion each person has to do self interpretation, there are no double blind studies, no experiments, nothing we can taste, smell or touch, so we each see things a little differently even when presented the same "facts."

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:57 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Without reading anyone elses posts, I will say that I believe Science has no truth or fiction. It's either an idea that can be proven, or that can be disproven through other facts. That's all science can be.

    Answer by gabrielle_x at 1:23 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

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    Answer by MamaK88 at 2:42 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • And now for some intelligent remarks on ID?

    Isn't ID just trying to "sabotage science?"


    Answer by Gal51 at 2:47 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I would say that science is the process by which we observe the world around us. How we interpret it can be true or false, but the observable facts are objective.

    Answer by Gal51 at 2:50 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • While it's the opinion that science and religion require a bit of "faith" I feel that there is more truth and evidence in science than religion. I may not understand everything that is science, I feel there is more truth in it than religion.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 11:59 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • SabrinaMBowen, faith has no business in science. Scientific evidence is available for anyone to examine. When faced with any scientific explanation, we all have the ability to examine the data and either accept or reject the provided explanation for why the data look the way that they do. The data aren't hidden. Of course, that does require a person to educate themselves about what data are available, how they were collected and how the explanation put forth was derived. Acceptance and rejection can only be done from a position of education - but that education is freely available, although no one promises that it should be simple or take merely an afternoon's perusal of the internet.

    Anyone telling you to have faith in science is doing you and science a disservice. It's not like religion where belief is absolutely meant to be taken without evidence.


    Answer by Dr.Donna at 9:21 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

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