The best science can do is make us less wrong about something

August 15, 2014, 2:38 am

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The debate "The best science can do is make us less wrong about something" was started by tkershaw3 on August 15, 2014, 2:38 am. 9 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 13 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

I_Voyager posted 1 argument, PsychDave posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

tkershaw3, TheDentedHelmet, Flimpy, KaterinaVinther, bitman, transfanboy and 3 visitors agree.
Mr_Anonymous, kennamarlaina1214, Mikey2k, I_Voyager, Sosocratese, MerciPol, PsychDave, Martin2489, leoi137, llthslvtr, gtomk and 2 visitors disagree.

Science originally told us that if we drop something, it will fall. That is true. It then told us that if we drop something, it will fall at 9.8m/s^2. That is more true. Then science told us that if you drop something, it will be effected by the inverse square of the distance between the two objects (in this case what we are dropping and the Earth) (I'm not typing that equation, if you want it look it up). This is more true since it takes into account gravity from the moon, sun, other planets and stars. The earlier assumptions were true, in the context they were done, but the further research is more generalizable.

Science isn't about making us less wrong, it is about making us more right about something. Science is the search for the best ways of describing and predicting things. Sometimes people get things wrong, but part of science is making predictions and proving them to demonstrate that you are right.

4 years, 8 months ago

Though I think science can often accomplish the stated, science can also come to certain conclusions which can be applied by engineers to build stuff. For example - we were right about computers. If we were wrong about principles of computation, we wouldn't build computers. Therefore, science is right about computers and consistently makes better computational systems. Instead of going from wrong to less wrong, in cases like these we go from right to more right.

But in grander sciences like cosmology or quantum physics, the stated claim appears true... For now!

4 years, 9 months ago
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