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Scientific Proof Is A Myth

6 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
Scientific Proof Is A Myth Image: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)
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This image illustrates a gravitational lensing effect due to the distortion of space by mass. This is one prediction where Einstein’s theory of relativity gave the right answer where Newton’s did not. But even with this, it’s impossible to ‘prove’ Einstein right. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA); Acknowledgements: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble).Science can do a whole lot of things, but proving a scientific theory is still an impossibility.You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the theory of evolution. The Hubble expansion of the Universe, the evolution of stars, galaxies, and heavy elements, and the existence of the cosmic microwave background prove the Big Bang theory. And falling objects, GPS clocks, planetary motion, and the deflection of starlight prove the theory of gravity.Except that’s a complete lie. While they provide very strong evidence for those theories, they aren’t proof. In fact, when it comes to science, proving anything is an impossibility.In theory, the ...

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