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"If Science never proves anything right, why do we trust it so much?"

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"If Science never proves anything right, why do we trust it so much?" To the majority of the Western World, Science can be called upon when something cannot be explained in straight forward means. Science over the past has had the ability to explain creation, disease and death, just to name a handful. Unfortunately, humans do not have the ability to answer things beyond doubt totally, and there is always some ambiguity in all of the arguments put forward, this stands in science just as much as any other area. In this case, the word proves refers to an inductive proof which is predominantly found in the areas of science. Inductive proof is when the proof is based on experience and is not simply an idea. Inductive proof is only probable which is its weakness, opposed to deductive proof which is certain as it is a tautological argument. 'Right' in this case is what could be seen as truth. ...read more.


In many cases science has put forward a viable answer which has been accepted for hundreds of years by the population, and then later found to be false. This shows that acceptance is not hard to find when it comes to answering life's questions. If questions were simply left open, advances in all areas of academia would simply stop, because there would be no reason to doubt anything previously put forward. This would have an effect upon itself, and shutdown science as an accepted reasoning all together. This while seeming a very extreme ending would have detrimental effects on the human race, as there would no longer be advances in science, which in many cases, means no advance in medicine or technology along with it. On the other hand, it could be seen that science should not be trusted. Science just like every other human founding has no one hundred percent hit rate. As stated before, it has been shown that past scientific 'proofs' which have been considered undeniably true, have been conclusively proved totally wrong. ...read more.


Science may not be right in such a way that is non-negotiable, but if it is accepted widely enough, it can be considered right in its own sense. It does not have to be the truth to be right, as long as it makes sense and fits the proper equations. Without trust the human race in particular would not be able to function properly throughout everyday life. Trust gives humans the ability to believe in something conclusively without having to question their ideals. This is true in every aspect of life and very much so including science. For something to be trusted it is normally widely accepted as science is in our culture. Science has the ability to answer questions sufficiently enough for people to accept at the time. It comes down to the individual whether or not they trust science, many people will say they will but there are many who believe in alternate views. Their reasons are just as valid as the people who do believe that science holds the key to everything. ?? ?? ?? ?? Josh Pugh 11 Oldham 5/2/2007 ...read more.

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