Friday, October 22, 2010 11:24:55 AM
@deathxtra You mean the force by which all mass within the universe is attracted to all other masses in the universe proportional to the product of their mass? As I am still quite firmly grounded to the earth and the earth is still roughly the planets are still roughly the same distance from the sun and all other stars...I'd say Gravity is still very much a Law. F = G(m1m2/r2)
Friday, October 22, 2010 11:18:24 AM
@Musuko42 Quick break down for you. People mis-use the term "Theory" when they say "Just a Theory." what they really mean is "Just a Hypothesis". A Hypothesis is an "Educated Guess Based On Observation" a Theory however is so much more, it summarizes and a Hypothesis after repeated testing of a Hypothesis. For something to become a Scientific Theory, there must no eveidence to dispute it. For something to be scientific LAW at the time of its creation, there must be no exceptions must be found to that law. Scientific method is structured so that Science can grow. But if something is a "Theory" rest assured it got that way only after everything else at the time had been ruled out and if it is LAW even more so.
Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:38:21 PM
A theory, in scientific terms, is an explanation that has so much evidence to support it that it's pretty much fact. However, in the sciences, nothing is "fact" -- here`s why:
Go with the theory of plate techtonics. We have evidence from earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, deep sea rifts, etc. Other disciplines like chemistry and biology have evidence to support plate techtonics too. The general population believes that plate techtonics is fact, but scientists say "theory" instead. Again, nothing is "fact" since evidence can come along at any time to disprove the theory or some part of it. Science instead takes new evidence and makes a better explanation. Lots of evidence = theory.
That`s why theories, like evolution, are so strong. DNA + time = mutations -> mutations + time = genetic divergence (e.g. appearance of human races) -> divergence + time = evolution If evolution weren`t real, how do we explain DNA, mutations, immunizat