Originally posted by Palynka
People are very averse to admitting they are wrong about something they feel strongly about. Most of the times, I would say they do so unconsciously, not realizing that they're are looking for information that seems to confirm their opinions and ignoring that which contradicts them.
In the media age, you can find vast amounts of information to agree with ...[text shortened]... ey're wrong). The explosion of conspiracy theories is another side effect of this, in my view.
If we take a scientific matter - the existence of the Higgs particle... (This is the Science Forum, and not some Religious Forum where anti-science creationists are ranting.)
This is how I think: The Higgs particle exists, period. It is the logical consequence of the Standard Model. So there is only a matter of time until the particle is detected and confirmed. Then we can go from there and explore it further, creating new scientific theory based of Higgs. Right? Boring.
If they cannot find the Higgs particle where they should, by the Standard Model, then the fun part starts. Where in the Standard Model is the fault to find? How much of the Standard Model have we to revise? Is it wrong altogether, or it is only tiny parts of it? Perhaps we have to disregard it all, and start from the beginning, again.
So is there a Higgs Particle, or isn't it? Or perhaps it exists, but beyond our technology to find it? Exciting times for particle scientists, isn't it?
Once there was a great debate between Steady Staters, and BigBangers. Because of the very debate we scrutinized the evidence for the one theory, or the other. BigBangers won, but still there are SteadyStaters around. To debate the issue new ideas come into being and this is very important to bring science forward.
There are many established theories that have been abandoned, like the Steady State theory: the Phlogiston theory, the Greek four element atomic theory, the Geocentric theory, to mention a few. It is in the nature of science to abandon obsolete theories, when the nature, and Universe, can be described in a better way. There are no dogmas involved, like in religion.
We are about to discover new things with new theories - string theory and the quantum loop gravitation theory, things that we not far ago thought that we cannot ever know. We are at the brink of amazing new discoveries!
My pet theory that I don't believe in, is dark energy. I just don't believe in it. False premises has brought up the idea, and the result is - dark energy. I wait to see the day when people give me the proper evidence or observation that there is such a phenomenon as dark energy. When that day arrives I'm happy to abandon my old thinking and reconstruct my views from bottom up, where necessary. It will not be the first time I do that.
But people who think me stubborn for not embracing the idea of Intelligent Design have to wait a long time. Why? Because it's not science, it's religion. And because it is religion it cannot ever be proven. Because if it could be proven, it would not be religion anymore, but science, and then I would like to see the evidence. Note: the bible is not evidence in any way.
IDers wanting me to see outside the box are themselves unable to see outside their box. IDers are often ill-educated in science, but think it really is about science, therefore think it's scientifically true, or for short the Truth. It isn't.
When debating religious people, I sometimes take me the right to say 'You are wrong'. This is often taken as an attack, because religious beliefs are often interlinked with their very being. So doubting their religious beliefs is to doubt their person. They take it as a personal attack. But when they attack my scientific views, if I were to take it as a personal attack, then I wouldn't be much of a scientist, would I?
Science and religion cannot ever be mixed. He who thinks so, please, give me an indisputable proof that god exist? Or, please, pray that hydrogen nuclei would spontaneously fuse together creating H-energy. No? Because science and religion can never be intermixed.