Prinapocalypse wrote:Perhaps I worded that a bit wrong, but what I was basically trying to say is, the scientific community comes to a consensus on something and then basically disregards all other options, until something comes along that conflicts with that consensus.
There's no absolute truth to the decision they come to, but they regard it as such in many cases.
Far from it; it depends on the discipline and the people. :p Just cause your a scientist doesn't mean you agree with something exactly, just as being Christian doesn't mean we have this huge hive mind on one thing. There are some things, however, which are universally accepted to be true. It isn't like they pull these laws out of their collective ass, mind you. They have an inordinate
amount of evidence to back it up; it isn't as if it's some opinion with nothing to support it. It's like saying "Hey science community, I believe the sun revolves around the Earth." Of course they'd tell you your wrong, because they have literal tons of evidence while you have only a statement. It's only right that they should; they aren't about to give beetle feces to people as a cure for cancer just because some person with no evidence "believes" it'll cure cancer. They have responsibilities and their work has to be credible. A fact is something that can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, you see. =P
Besides, if you don't believe the same things they do, it isn't like they're going to care much. What you believe is what you believe. Yet if there was a guy who told you to wear underwear on your head all day because it would protect you from government mind beams, I doubt you'd say "Hey, let's all regard that as truth just because and regard it as being equal with proven science which has ALL this evidence and send out a statement recommending everyone wear underwear on their heads." You'd call them a bunch of idiots for doing something like that. They leave you alone with your opinions and you leave them alone with their science while they use it to aid the world by doing things such as discovering how to make airplanes fly, and everybody wins. It's just that simple.
And then there are always people who say what everyone dreads. "You don't KNOW that for sure." And people say this without knowing anything themselves, like a child who comes into a room full of adults and says "Hey, don't drink that glass of wine." People tend to criticize things they don't even understand; it's almost embarrassing to watch at times. Worse, there are times they don't admit it and actually think what they're saying is fact. So basically I see this thing the opposite of the way you seem to; I think it's ordinary people in general who come up with some consensus that's completely untrue; it's even more embarrassing when they are called out on it. "Huh, what? Letting my children swim less than 30 minutes after eating won't cause them to drown.. oh.. sorry for the fuss I guess" when only a few minutes before, they might've been vehemently protesting against something. Even worse, most people just keep on believing they're in the right and criticize others for it. Like that child I mentioned earlier. People can be quite stubborn, if I do say so myself.
@Jericho: I said "um" because I didn't have anything to say to that, really. It just was so...
Actually, the word "theory" is commonly misunderstood to mean that it isn't proven. Due to the word theory being used differently in everyday language. Theories and laws are the same, only a law describes something and a theory explains "why". Both are factual.
Also, have I earned any points lately?