DailyDirt: Crackpots Versus Real Scientists

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Over a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published what would become his theory of special relativity, and since then, there have been quite a few experiments that support Einstein's ideas. That's the way science usually works. A theory hypothesis is proposed, and if it's deemed worthy enough, other people will actually try to test out the theory hypothesis and see if its predictions can be verified (and every worthy theory hypothesis needs to be able to predict something that isn't already known). As non-traditional scientific publishing becomes easier and more popular, though, the signal-to-noise for interesting ideas can get a bit difficult to discern. Luckily, there are still some folks willing to bear the burden of debunking extraordinary claims from an endless stream of nearly-good ideas. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: abc conjecture, crowdsourcing, e8, grand unifying theory, gut, math, p=np, proof, science

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  1. identicon
    juanchogespacho, 6 Dec 2013 @ 10:16am

    Re: Re: Theory and hypothises

    Wrong on all counts. This is so wrong I do not even know where to start.

    You are perpetuating persistent MYTHS.

    * There is NO such thing as a singular step by step "method" that all scientists follow or must follow. Scientists use literally THOUSANDS of very different methodS in different specialties.

    * There is NO heirarchy between hypotheses, theories and laws. Laws are NOT immutable. That is NOT even a characteristic of a law! Laws could changed tomorrow eith new evidence, realization of past mistakes or newly gained perspectives. There is NOT ANYTHING that makes a law above opr better than a theory.

    These are ALL different animals that serve different roles. One can NEVER become another.

    They differ in BREADTH, NOT leve of support.

    Hypotheses have multiple lines of evidence behind them and can be SO complex they are best described in the form of a computer program.

    You are very misinformed. I suggest "University of California at Berkely Misconceptions About Science'

    What we all earned in 7th grade- the poster version is erroneous NONSENSE AND MISINFORMATION.

    Little, if any, science is done that way....

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