“All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.” –Thomas J. Watson
You’ll frequently hear people say, “the science is settled.” Scientifically speaking, can it ever be? (And yes, what follows below is meant to be an inflammatory image.)
Let’s take a look at five major instances — gravitation, evolution, the Big Bang, germ theory and global warming — and look at whether or not it’s fair to say that the science is settled, and what unsettling discoveries would do (and have done) to such ideas.
The answer isn’t that the “settled” part is invalidated, but rather that — if we want to better describe our Universe — an advancement in science (and a better, more complete understanding of natural phenomena) is what leads us forward.
Go read the whole thing over at Medium, and don’t be afraid to weigh in here!