Posted by Bowser on July 28, 2005 at 08:50:56:
In Reply to: Re: Can't make a monkee out of Me posted by Butterbox on July 28, 2005 at 08:40:02:
Not so sure I agree. In my view all of science is based on theories. There is no such thing as 'proof' in science. You can only disprove atheory but you can never prove a theory. Any theory is only as good as the evidence supporting it. Even great theories such as Newtown's theory of gravitation had to be modified dramatically when Einstein came along with a new approach and likewise Einstein had to give way to quantum theory which was necessary to explain some of the gaps in his theory. Inevitably the current view will be further modified. Likewise with evolution the precise details are being modified in the light of experiments and observations. Remember Darwin came up with the theory of Evolution when DNA wasn't even known about - it was a remarkable theory but the discovery of DNA allowed it to be greatly improved upon. But all good scientists have to be prepared to wake up one morning and read a new paper that completely disproves their pet theory. This is the ral stenght of science - we don't get bogged down in unworkable dogma. At the same time you can be fairly certain that the theories supporting the design of the internal combusition engine are pretty reliable and well supported by experiments over the years - and as a result your car will most likely start when you turn the key in the ignition this morning.
Unfortunately even many scientists don't understand how science works. But for sure the idiots promoting 'intelligent design' as scientific don't understand the manner in which science works either - religion ain't science and religious questions are not the subject of science.
A scientific theory must be capable of being supported by experiments and it must be capapble of being disproved. ID simply doesn't fall into that category.
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