03 April 2007

Thoughts about the Nature of Science

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. ~Stephen Jay Gould
Does anyone find it interesting that most people are never really taught what a fact truly is? Or how important it is in Science? I think that Science Education has failed in it's mission to teach people the true nature of science. If you ask anyone other than a science major what a theory is, the would say something akin to a "wild-ass guess". Many people have misconceptions about what theories, laws, and facts truly are. A travesty, that's what that is...

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