#1
I read somewhere that science doesn't set out to prove anything, but to disprove things. I didn't think it made any sense. Any ideas?
#2
Thats kinda logical.
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#4
Well anything can happen/is possible until you prove that it cant be done either by science or math.


Except trying to pin jelly to a tree - that cant be done at all, and anyone who says they have done it is lying!
#5
It basically traps ideas into a corner by eliminating ideas that are proven false.
#6
It's a jab at science saying that scientists spend time saying others are wrong, without really any goals in mind.
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#7
I think it's if you have a theory, you try to prove it wrong, if you can't then it would be valid?
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Well anything can happen/is possible until you prove that it cant be done either by science or math.

Technically, it's illogical to say that something can't be done.
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#10
the basic principle behind science is that you can never prove, only disprove. this is because it is impossible account for every contributing variable, but you can test certain ones and disprove them one at a time. anyone who has had a good science professor would know this.

"the hypothesis was accepted" instead of "this was proven"
#11
yea it makes sense. People come up with theories(Like religion for example) and Science sets out to prove the theories wrong(Like they do with religion)
#12
In my eyes

Science sets out not to prove or disprove
but to explain

Or atleast science used properly... i think
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#14
The people who are dedicated to science (In the past) have set out to disprove theories, such as the dude who disproved spontaneous generation...I dont remember his name.
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#15
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Technically, it's illogical to say that something can't be done.

Absolutely. Science isn't out to prove things can't be done. It's illogical to say you can prove a negative. That's why science will never be able to prove God doesn't exist.
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Absolutely. Science isn't out to prove things can't be done. It's illogical to say you can prove a negative. That's why science will never be able to prove God doesn't exist.


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#17
god's existence cannot be proven or disproven because it lies outside the realm of physical, empirical data.

"science does not prove, but disproves" is not aimed at theories and beliefs, but moreso the factors that comprise those theories and beliefs.

no generalization can be proved by a finite number of data points, and no scientist is capable of testing all the infinitely many situations to which a theory must apply.