There are some things that I know I’m right about. There are some things I think I know I’m right about. But, maybe I’m not so right? But some things just burn my tyres. So here’s a list.
Scientific Theories, Laws and Hypotheses
This particular set of definitions, is something I need to set out, because of a heated discussion I had with somebody online some months ago. Yes, I know I should just let it go…but, I can’t. So…here it is:
- Laws: This is a statement of fact meant to describe, in concise terms, an action or set of actions. It is generally accepted to be true and universal, and can sometimes be expressed in terms of a single mathematical equation.
- Hypothesis: This is an educated guess based upon observation. It is a rational explanation of a single event or phenomenon based upon what is observed, but which has not been proved. Most hypotheses can be supported or refuted by experimentation or continued observation.
- Theory: A theory is more like a scientific law than a hypothesis. A theory is an explanation of a set of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. One scientist cannot create a theory; he can only create a hypothesis. In general, both a scientific theory and a scientific law are accepted to be true by the scientific community as a whole.
Religion vs Science
These things can go hand in hand. Science doesn’t necessarily negate the probability of there being a God, or supernatural forces. There are many things that Science cannot explain. And may not ever be able to explain. And, you know what? That’s okay.
People who are too stubborn.
I might be one of those, so maybe it’s a case of dealing with my own stubbornness. But, it still annoys me no end. Which kind of leads me to the fact that I’m just putting this out there, I’m not going to be ashamed of what I know. Nor am I going to be ashamed of what I believe.
I’m a Christian, and I’m proud of it. Make of that, what you will.