“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
One of the great tools that theorists use in their arsenal is the reductio ad absurdum, or the notion that if you can prove that the acceptance of a scientific theory leads to an unacceptable prediction known to conflict with experiment. But there’s a catch.
You see, if it’s an experiment that hasn’t been rigorously performed before, you must actually perform it, no matter how ridiculous the predictions actually seem to us. After all, nature is full of counterintuitive rules, laws and phenomena that we never would have uncovered if we didn’t subject it to the ultimate test: scientifically rigorous experiments!