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What has science "proven" that you believe to be false?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2013 at 9:14 PM

What has science "proven" that you believe to be false?

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Wish I could upvote 20 times.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:04 AM

The scientific method and reject theories. It creates better and better hypothesis that are always subject to refinement or refutation. It's not quite proof, but it's pretty close in some cases. Too bad the scientific method isn't used in nutrition -- it can do a really good job.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:43 PM

The null hypothesis is always that there is nothing new to report.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:39 PM

False! Science proves things are *not* true all the time. But yes: things proven "true" are really just proven "likely", until the pseudo-truth is refined and refined and refined ad infinitum.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:35 PM

Science has proven God, even though I was a militant Atheist at one point.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:34 PM

I think that's why the OP has "proven" in quotations. Just like low-fat, low-cholesterol diets are "proven" to be good for everybody...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:30 PM

Ditto this! It's usually the media that twists things around.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Nothing. Science never has nor never will prove anything. There are people who have misapplied badly done science to create recommendations that are bad for people, but that's not science's fault.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:39 PM

False! Science proves things are *not* true all the time. But yes: things proven "true" are really just proven "likely", until the pseudo-truth is refined and refined and refined ad infinitum.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on January 03, 2013
at 09:43 PM

The null hypothesis is always that there is nothing new to report.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on January 03, 2013
at 09:30 PM

Ditto this! It's usually the media that twists things around.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on January 04, 2013
at 01:04 AM

The scientific method and reject theories. It creates better and better hypothesis that are always subject to refinement or refutation. It's not quite proof, but it's pretty close in some cases. Too bad the scientific method isn't used in nutrition -- it can do a really good job.

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4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

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on January 03, 2013
at 10:06 PM

Modern science insists the world is round. It's completely ridiculous, we'd all fall off.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Wish I could upvote 20 times.

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on January 03, 2013
at 11:18 PM

I once took a "Philosophy of Science" class in my later years in uni. and it was one of the most frustratingly fascinating courses I've ever taken. It boiled down to that we live in a universe which seems to be governed by very precise and strict rules yet nothing can be definitively proven. Forehead, meet wall.

But really, "science" is a tool and like any other tool can be horribly abused or misused. A hammer can build the Golden Gate Bridge or it can build a trap full of sweets to capture all the town's children. I wouldn't condemn the GGB because of its hammer relation to the trap.

That said, I think the real problem you may be referring to is the infamous "Appeal to Authority" logical fallacy. So often "scientists say this..." or a "study says that...". One of my favorite lines from Red Dead Redemption is that "...there seems to be a lot more 'theys' in the world these days". That is, ambiguous groups or people that are given the third person position of authority as "scientists" seem to get more and more popular. Just because "studies show that..." doesn't make it true. It doesn't make it wrong, either. If you're reading an article and all it says is the conclusions of the study, and not the body of work done, it may be a scam. Or it can be that the article doesn't have the space or wherewithal to post all the sciencey goodness and the study is actually 100% correct.

The life of the non-specialist follower of science can be a tricky maze to trek through. In the end it's all about weeding out the bullshit - not always the easiest task. A healthy dose of skepticism may be healthy, but always try to avoid becoming the subject of Tim Minchin's "Storm"!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:07 PM

I swear that sun won't rise if Rock-a-Doodle doesn't sing.

Also, with an infinite number of dimensions, I know -- some how, some where I am wielding a light saber and returning balance to the force.

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83d2d5eaaa2704020286e98c470f6a44

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on January 04, 2013
at 03:32 PM

The earth is a sphere! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth

Science!!!

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:00 PM

The earth is round!!!

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on January 03, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Science shouldn't use the word "prove"...even we shouldn't be so all high and mighty and think we know what is false and true.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:34 PM

I think that's why the OP has "proven" in quotations. Just like low-fat, low-cholesterol diets are "proven" to be good for everybody...

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