If scientific theories have such a track record of being discredited...?
....why are they given such absolute (almost religious) authority As a Christian I admit my beliefs are faith based, yet I hear scientific theory being boasted as "gospel" especially by evolutionsists A small portion of the list of failed (superceded) scientific theories This does not include obsolete or incomplete theories Biology Maternal impression – the theory that the mother's thoughts created birth defects. Rendered obsolete by genetic theory (see also fetal origins of adult disease, genomic imprinting) Miasma theory of disease – the theory that diseases are caused by "bad air". Rendered obsolete by the germ theory of disease. Preformationism – the theory that all organisms have existed since the beginning of life, and that gametes contain a miniature but complete preformed individual. Rendered obsolete by cytology, discovery of DNA and Atomic theory. Recapitulation theory – the theory that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny". Always obsolete; see Baer's laws of embryology. Spontaneous generation – the theory that life spontaneously emerges from dead matter. Rendered obsolete by abiogenesis/biogenesis. Telegony (pregnancy) – the theory that an offspring can inherit characteristics from a previous mate of its mother's as well as its actual parents; a theory often associated with racism. Always obsolete; see heredity. Chemistry Classical elements – discredited by Rhazes Caloric theory Phlogiston theory – replaced by Lavoisier's work on oxidation Part of Dalton's law Vital essence theory Physics Emission theory of vision – discredited by Ibn al-Haytham (Alhacen) Aristotelian theory of gravity – discredited by Muhammad ibn Musa, al-Biruni, al-Baghdadi and Galileo Galilei Aristotelian physics – discredited by Alhacen, al-Biruni, Avicenna, Avempace, al-Baghdadi, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton Luminiferous aether – failed to be detected by the sufficiently sensitive Michelson-Morley experiment, made obsolete by Einstein's work. Caloric theory – Lavoisier's successor to phlogiston, discredited by Rumford's and Joule's work Vis viva – Gottfried Leibniz's elementary and limited early formulation of the principle of conservation of energy "Purely electrostatic" theories of the generation of voltage differences. Emitter theory – another now-obsolete theory of light propagation. Progression of atomic theory Plum pudding model of the atom – assuming the protons and electrons were mixed together in a single mass Rutherford model of the atom with an impenetrable nucleus orbitted by electrons. Bohr model with quantized orbits Electron cloud model following the invention of Quantum Mechanics in 1925 and the eventual atomic orbital models derived from the quantum mechanical solution to the hydrogen atom. All of classical physics, while useful in practice, is in principle superseded by relativistic physics and quantum physics, to which classical physics is often a close approximation. Astronomy and cosmology Ptolemaic system – obsoleted by Copernicus Geocentric universe – obsoleted by Copernicus and Galileo Copernican system – obsoleted by Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton Newtonian gravity – superseded by general relativity, to which it is an excellent approximation unless the masses involved are very large or the distances very small. The Perihelion precession of Mercury was the first experimental evidence against Newtonian gravity; it also fails to describe black holes correctly. Ether theory Steady State Theory was a model developed by Hermann Bondi, Thomas Gold, and Fred Hoyle of an expanding universe that had no beginning. It was once a competitor of the Big Bang model until the Big Bang was confirmed as the preferred model after the discovery of the cosmic microwave background.  Geography and climate Flat Earth theory. On length scales much smaller than the radius of the Earth, a flat map projection gives a quite accurate approximation to true distances and sizes, but distortions become increasingly significant over larger distances. Hollow Earth theory The Open Polar Sea, an ice-free sea once supposed to surround the North Pole Rain follows the plow – the theory that human settlement increases rainfall in arid regions (only true to the extent that crop fields evapotranspirate more than barren wilderness) (glnbal warming?) Geology Expanding Earth theory was superseded by subduction Catastrophism was largely replaced by uniformitarianism Psychology Pure behaviorist explanations for language acquisition in infancy, superseded by the study[clarification needed] of cognitive adaptations for language. The blank slate theory of socialization, disproven by research on cross-cultural universals and evolutionary psychology Medicine Theory of the four bodily humours – Well shoot it only posted half the list...... which was less that half of the original list. My question was...if form follows form current scientific theory will be superceded by the next theory...so why do we treat them as the "gospel truth"? If the discard false ideas......but in the case of evolution specifically, they don't....they redefine the definitions Interesting that nobody answered the question...that being why do we accord it such authority Interesting that nobody answered the question...that being why do we accord it such authority
Asked By: No Chance Without Jesus - 6/16/2010
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Most of those "theories" are quite old and were proposed long before modern science provided the basis for analyzing things and before much of modern knowledge about fundamental basic facts had been accrued. Scientific theories are based on facts, and several of those "theories" you listed were mere speculations... More
Answered By: The real truthseeker - 6/16/2010
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precisely, atleast christians admit their beliefs are believed in faith.
Answered By: andrew L - 6/16/2010
Wall of text, thanks for playing...
Answered By: curious moper - 6/16/2010
You do realize those hypotheses were discredited by OTHER SCIENTISTS, not by religious dodos, do you not?The ignorance of the average 'christian' is as tall as the wall of idiotic text you just posted. The whole IDEA of science is for people to print a hypothesis, and then have other scientists TEST THAT HYPOTHESIS. If... More
Answered By: Its smee - 6/16/2010
you have just identified one of the great strengths of the scientific method and the scientific community in general. the ability to absorb new information and discard false ideas.
Answered By: Ms. Jessica - 6/16/2010
All of the theories that you listed were discredited by scientists using scientific evidence. If YOU can use scientific evidence to discredit evolutionary theory, I'd be more than happy to see you do it. I'll just wait here...
Answered By: O8SERVER - 6/16/2010
Scientific theory is discarded when it's proven false. Religion is static and never discarded even when it's proven false.
Answered By: Marcus Aurelius II - 6/16/2010
To even ask the question is to (as usual, in your case) entirely miss the point... More
Answered By: The Reverend Soleil - 6/16/2010
No chance without science.
Answered By: Andrea the Guitar Goddess - 6/16/2010
If you don't like science you should turn off your computer and communicate via homing pigeons... More
Answered By: BlackJack - 6/16/2010
One of the reasons science is superior to faith is because theories *are* tested. That means that when theories are wrong, they're discarded, and replaced by better ones. It's why science works so d**n well, while religion doesn't... More
Answered By: Josh - 6/16/2010
Yeah. That's what happens when ideas are not faith-based. You know, thinking, theories, hypotheses, proving, disproving... Being original and coming up with your own ideas. Like Scientology, a credited religion! :)
Answered By: Billie - 6/16/2010
You're one of the smarter posters on this forum and I find it difficult to believe that you would still willfully deny the obvious to validate ideas that aren't crucial to your faith in anyway. It's just one story. It doesn't damage the message of Christ to accept evolution. I'd love for you to email me and explain... More
Answered By: Think Outside the Ballot Box - 6/16/2010
Speaking of Miasma. I wonder what No Chance sounds like in person.
Answered By: thecrocoduck (RAWR) - 6/16/2010
Desperation to justify unbelief.
Answered By: Graham - 6/16/2010
why are you asking this here? go ask in the science section and let even more people laugh at how stupid you are.
Answered By: Mustache Pete - 6/16/2010
When facts are discovered,new things are learned. Present theories are the present picture of reality. Once new fact are discovered the theory MUST change. That is how knowledge grows... More
Answered By: Arthur Always - 6/16/2010
Got anything from this century genius?
Answered By: Random Panther - 6/16/2010
If you don't know how science works, please stop criticizing it...
Answered By: Martin G - 6/16/2010
The whole ethos of science is to seek truth. Science questions theories and refines them so as to move ever closer to that truth. Nothing is ever proven, only waiting for a better explanation which will then wait for a better explanation and on and on for ever. Science is a living, ever evolving facet of humanity not... More
Answered By: Blodwenbogbrush - 6/16/2010
What you've shown is that as knowledge increases, ideas are adjusted or replaced accordingly. So the more we learn the closer we come to understanding the truth about the way things are... More
Answered By: Ceisiwr - 6/16/2010
And yet you happily reap the benefits of science every single day of your life... More
Answered By: Hally M - 6/16/2010
It's called the "scientific method" - a theory exists until either it is proven beyond question, shown to be false or discarded in favor of another (usually a modification of the former) that closer fits the observed reality. That is its STRENGTH, not weakness... More
Answered By: TheMadProfessor - 6/16/2010
That is the exact reason why scientific theory should be considered gospel. Science is self-correcting which is why those theories that stand the scrutiny of peers should be considered gospel and those that have been discredited should be ignored... More
Answered By: JerryMc - 6/16/2010
I don't know who treats science as "gospel truth" - although some very long-established theories that no-one has been able to disprove are seen as bedrock solid. You don't seem to understand how science actually works. Theory is the best attempt to explain the current observable facts. Good theory is vulnerable to... More
Answered By: Ambivalent LAUreate - 6/16/2010
Science Islam - Proof From Truth Proof from Science - Big Bang - Video - Evolution? Creation scienceislam.com/ where Religion meet science! http://www.quranandscience.com/
Answered By: Hooda - 6/17/2010
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