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"War of the worlds." is science part myth, part hope and part reality? What is "real" in this article? Anything you describe as "real," back up with evidence.

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"WAR OF THE WORLDS." IS SCIENCE PART MYTH, PART HOPE AND PART REALITY? 1) WHAT IS "REAL" IN THIS ARTICLE? ANYTHING YOU DESCRIBE AS "REAL," BACK UP WITH EVIDENCE. In an environment where we are greatly influenced by authorative knowledge, it is immensely difficult to state that anything is "real." In this article this is exactly the point. The reader is lead to believe certain so called facts as scientists from the NASA space centre have said them. For example Scientists from NASA announced that "A meteorite contained evidence of past life on mars" The reader is led to understand this as "real" as the information comes from an authorative source. However, the reader is then confused, as the statement is counter claimed by a number of other scientists. ...read more.


3) WHAT METHODS ARE USED TO STOP "MYTHS" BECOMING "REALITY" In the case given in the article, a "myth" is unable to become "reality" simply because the "myths" are unable to be proven, there are always ways to counter claim them, and there is always another scientist or sceptic with another piece of information that will ruin another scientist's theory/myth. Principally science is used to stop a "myth" from becoming "reality" in this article. For example, with PAHs, the "organic molecules form during the decomposition of living things", whereas a sceptic would say that "they may also form during non-biological reactions; they're common in Antarctic ice, so they may have come from the earth." 4) IS IT EASIER TO PROVE SOMETHING "TRUE" OR "NOT TRUE"? ...read more.


Myths are based on reality but do not necessarily have specific evidence to back them up. But if you were to have more evidence, then the myth may be able to become reality. Therefore, myths require more evidence to allow them to become reality. Real is real 6) WHAT IS THE ROLE OF "HOPE" IN SCIENCE? Hope plays a vital role in science. A scientist has a driving passion to prove their hypothesis to be correct, this is hope. Hope may even lead a scientist to twist their data so that they will be compatible with the hypothesis. A scientist is always hoping that he or she will be the one making that amazing discovery and that is what drives people to altering the truth so that these hopes can be fulfilled ALEX DAY T.O.K II 3-12-02 ...read more.

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